High Court Judge, Navindra Singh, today handed down a 65 year jail sentence to a Linden farmer who was found guilty of murdering his brother-in-law.
Citrus Farmer, Lakeraj Fredericks, little signs of emotion as he stood before the Judge and listened attentively to the sentence being handed down.
A jury found the farmer guilty of the 2011 murder of his brother-in-law, Clifton Bonus.
The two men reportedly got into an argument at a marijuana farm in Linden over missing marijuana seeds.
As the argument escalated, Fredericks armed himself with a gun and shot the brother-in-law to his head.
The Court was told during the trial, that after he shot the 21-year-old man dead, he moved his body to another area, about five miles from the farm, and buried it in a shallow grave.
It was claimed that Fredericks committed the murder along with a young man from the community.
The young man, who was also charged initially but eventually freed on a no case submission, admitted that he only assisted the farmer in burying the body.
The Attorney for the convict, while pleading for leniency, told the Court that his client was a changed man, who has since been baptized in prison and attends bible classes regularly at the jail house.
The convict pleaded with the Judge for leniency, proclaiming that he was innocent of the crime.
His pleas did not find favour with the Judge and the 65 year sentence was handed down.
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