19 years jail for execution-style killing of Bagotstown youth

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Trevor Amsterdam, 36, was on Thursday sentenced to 19 years imprisonment by High Court Judge Justice Sandil Kissoon for the execution-style killing of Jermaine Simon at Bagotstown, East Bank Demerara in 2015.

Amsterdam was initially charged with murder but opted to plead guilty to the lesser count of manslaughter.

Amsterdam, formerly of Norton Street, Bagotstown, confessed that on November 10, 2015, he murdered 22-year-old Jermaine ‘Lapsy’ Simon.

Dead: Jermaine ‘Lapsy’ Simon.

According to reports, Simon was shot to the forehead by a man believed to be Amsterdam; he subsequently died while receiving treatment at the Georgetown Public Hospital.

It was reported that the accused and Simon had a feud over a woman and other gang-related issues. Two days after Amsterdam killed Simon, his home went up in flames.

According to the police statement, the shooting occurred at approximately 20:30 hrs.

Investigators found that Simon was riding a bicycle and as he was passing in front of the Amsterdam’s house, the suspect suddenly rushed out of the yard and discharged a round at the victim, hitting him to his forehead.

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