Youth gets life imprisonment for murder of minibus driver

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Twenty-six -year old Kerry Cromwell was Thursday sentenced to life imprisonment for the 2016 murder of minibus driver Elvin Lorrimer, who was shot at the Linden bus park in Georgetown during a robbery.

Cromwell known as ‘Jim Screechie’ of King Edward Street, Albouystown was on trial before Justice Navindra Singh and a 12-member jury; he was found guilty by the jury in May 2019 for the March 21, 2016 murder.

Lorrimer was a former teacher and pastor of lot 184 Carter Street, Kara Kara, Linden.

A probation report by Probation Officer Bristol noted that residents of Albouystown revealed that Cromwell was at home with his daughter when the murder took place.

The residents are of the view that youths in the community are targeted by the Police.

Cromwell’s lawyer Stanley Moore, prior to the sentence being handed down, told the Court that his client is a father of two and begged the Judge to take into consideration that Albouystown is an underprivileged community that is constantly targeted by the Police.

Moore told the court that Cromwell is said to be a jovial person and would entertain his family while State Prosecutor Abigail Gibbs said the victim was a loving father and caring husband and was also the sole breadwinner for his family.

According to the Prosecutor, Lorrimer’s death had traumatized his wife and left the family in financial constraints.

Cromwell, Gibbs told the court, was previously charged with the illegal possession of narcotics and escaping from the Lusignan Prison in 2017.

But Cromwell continues to maintain his innocence.

“I ain’t kill nobody, I’m innocent… I ain’t know what these people talking about,” Cromwell told the Judge as he pleaded for mercy.

Justice Singh pointed to the victim’s sons who were seated in court and told Cromwell that they lost a father due to this action.

Justice Singh sentenced Cromwell to life in prison; he will be eligible for parole after serving 50 years.

Cromwell was among the 13 prisoners who had escaped from the Lusignan Prison on July 24, 2017.

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