Three guilty but not of attempted murder

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ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The family of a 26-year-old victim of a knife-wielding attack five years ago has expressed elation over the conviction of the three men accused of the incident.

Collingford “Meathead” Jarvis, Tola “Biggs” Peters and Kimmanie “Teddy Bruck Shop” Holmes were yesterday found guilty of wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

The three were initially charged with attempted murder, which was withdrawn by the prosecution.

Before High Court Judge, Justice Keith Thom directed the 12-member jury on the law as it relates to the evidence, Crown Counsel Kayode O’Marde made the announcement.

The jury took less than an hour to return with the unanimous verdict as to the men’s guilt on the lesser count.

Jarvis, Peters and Holmes, who were on bail, will be sentenced on July 12. They have been remanded until that date. Social Inquiry Reports will be compiled on behalf of each man.

The trio confronted, beat and stabbed Elvis “Cornflakes” Carty of All Saints, following an Easter Monday outing at Ffryes Beach on March 24, 2008.

Carty, smiling from ear to ear, said he was happy with the verdict. He was not in court for the decision, however.

The young man, who was a labourer before the incident, is still in pain as a result of the attack, which left him hospitalised for one month.

Carty is now employed as a “car washer” and he said he has difficulty performing certain functions.

He cannot lift heavy objects, which greatly impacts his livelihood.

Attorney Ralph Francis represented Jarvis and Peters while Maureen Payne-Hyman defended Holmes.

(More in today’s Daily OBSERVER)


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