75 years jail for youth who murdered Mocha man

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Twenty-five-year-old Kenkassie Lynch was on Thursday sentenced to 75 years of imprisonment for the murder of a Nelson Street, Mocha Arcadia, East Bank Demerara (EBD) resident in 2015.

Lynch, of Eccles EBD, was sentenced by Justice Navindra Singh at the Demerara High Court.

The indictment states that on June 1, 2015, at Nelson Street, he murdered 23- year-old Terrence Lanferman by shooting him.

A 12-member mixed jury had found Lynch guilty as charged.

Lynch was represented by Attorney-at-law Adrian Thompson while the State was represented by prosecutors Abigail Gibbs, Tuanna Hardy and Teriq Mohammed.

In a probation report which was tendered in court on Wednesday, Lynch reportedly admitted to killing Lanferman and did not have the courage to apologise to the victim’s family.

Prosecutor Gibbs asked the Judge to impose a sentence that will send a message to youths to show that a life of crime does not pay.

Justice Singh, before passing sentence, considered that Lynch planned the murder and stalked Lanferman, waiting on the right opportunity to kill him.

The Judge sentenced Lynch to 75-years imprisonment and ordered that the Prison authorities deduct the time Lynch spent on remand from his sentence.

The court heard that on the day in question, Lynch and a cousin conducted surveillance on Lanferman’s house, which is located in the bottom flat of a two-storey building.

It is reported that Lynch knocked on the front door and when Lanferman opened the door, he was shot dead.

His lifeless body was discovered lying on the floor in a pool of blood. He received gunshot wounds to the neck and chest and was pronounced dead at the Diamond Diagnostic Centre East Bank Demerara.

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