The Sophia man who was charged for murder after throwing his 18-month-old niece through a window then buried her in a backyard has been sentenced to life in prison.
The life sentence was handed down even after 22-year-old Sherwin Roberts, pleaded guilty to the lesser count of manslaughter and told the Court that he was angry with himself at the time and should not have taken it out on the baby.
The incident occurred back in September 2017 in the Sophia area.
Roberts went to the home as the child was in the care of some other minors and snatched a chain from around her neck. As the baby started to cry, Roberts picked her up and threw her through a window of the house into the backyard. Investigators said he then buried the child.
The cause of death was given as asphyxiation.
The man’s lawyer told the Court that his client is remorseful and ought to be given a light sentence. Justice Jo-Ann Barlow didn’t agree with that position and handed down the life sentence, with parole only being possible after 20 years.