St Catherine mechanic loses murder conviction appeal
Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator
Thirty-four-year-old mechanic Jason Fairman, of Crawle District in Riversdale, St Catherine today lost his appeal to have his 15-year prison sentence reduced.
Fairman had pleaded guilty in March 2012 to the murder of 20-year-old Raymond Allen, of Norman Lane, Kingston.
Allen was sweeping his yard when he threw water which accidentally caught the foot of Fairman's mother.
She began to argue and Allen apologised, but she continued quarreling.
Fairman then stabbed Allen in the neck.
After the witnesses testified at the trial in the Home Circuit Court, Fairman gave an unsworn statement, giving only his name and address.
He then said that was all he had to say.
The next day when the trial resumed he changed his plea to guilty.
Justice Martin Gayle sentenced him to life imprisonment for murder and ordered that he must serve 15 years before he can be eligible for parole.
Fairman who represented himself on appeal, asked the court to reduce the 15-year prison term as it was manifestly excessive.
The Court of Appeal turned down his application and ordered him to serve the sentence.
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