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Lawyer cites Barabbas as he begs for mercy for murderer – iWitness News

As a assassin was being sentenced in Kingstown final week, his lawyer famous the Easter season and that Barabbas, additionally a killer, was freed about 2,000 years in the past.

“Many, many years ago, there was a man named Barabbas and some leniency was given to Barabbas,” Stephen Williams stated at Excessive Courtroom No. 1, the place his shopper, Etson Timm was being sentenced.

“It is the season of Easter. I am in no point equating the defendant to Barabbas, but I am just saying it is the season where Barabbas was freed.”

In keeping with Christianity, Barabbas, a assassin was freed, at the same time as Jesus Christ, an harmless man, was crucified.

Timm was being sentenced for the Might 9, 2019 homicide of Darren “Precious” Davy, 18, of Arnos Vale — against the law he orchestrated.

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He threatened to homicide his good friend, Jeremy Alexander, if he didn’t shoot and kill Davy, an individual unknown to Alexander.

Williams requested the courtroom to contemplate the sentence imposed on Alexander, who pleaded responsible to homicide and was sentenced on April 1 to 13 years in jail.

Alexander pleaded responsible on April 11.

Williams famous that Timm, now 26, was 23 on the time of his crime.

He stated his shopper attended the Richland Park main college and upon passing the Widespread Entrance Examination, went to Mountain View Adventist Academy.

He dropped out in kind 4, attributable to an absence of cash and assist from his father, with whom he lived.

Timm didn’t develop up along with his mom, who had migrated to america to hunt a greater life, so he lacked the right parental supervision {that a} mom would instill in her youngster, Williams informed the courtroom.

After dropping out of faculty and due to his monetary circumstances, Timm went to work in block making.

He later labored at a storage in Diamond, the place he did auto mechanic work for about three years.

Etson Timm And Jeremey
Etson Timm, proper, and Jeremy Alexander exterior the Severe Offences Courtroom on Dec. 3, 2019, after they have been dedicated to face trial for homicide.

Williams stated that Timm’s mom returned to St. Vincent and the Grenadines when he was a grown man, by which period he had lacked maternal supervision.

Whereas residing in Richland Park, Timm attended church from 2012 however stopped in 2015.

He left Richland Park to reside along with his girlfriend in Diamond and has a 5-year-old youngster whom he maintained when he was out of jail, offering the right supervision {that a} father ought to give to his youngster, Williams stated.

Defendant grew up extraordinarily poor and pleaded responsible, Williams stated.  

The lawyer urged the courtroom that in contemplating the circumstances of the case, it takes into consideration Timm’s private circumstances as highlighted within the Caribbean Courtroom of Justice case of Renaldo Anderson and the Queen, a 2016 case.

In that judgement, Justice Adrian Saunders wrote that if after contemplating all the annoying and mitigating circumstances of the offence as distinct from these of the offender a decide is initially disposed to imposing a life sentence, that  discretion may be softened, in applicable instances, upon the contemplating of mitigating circumstances that relate to the defendant.

“That would be because of matters such as the defendant’s early guilty plea, his age, his level of remorse or socio- or economic circumstances cause the judge to moderate his or her original position in favour of a lesser sentence measured in terms of years,” Justice Saunders wrote.

Williams stated:

“And so, the court must take into consideration that when this offence was committed, the accused was 23 years old, a relatively young person, considering the human life expectancy is now longer — hence people have to work longer, more years to get their pension and so forth and so forth.”

He stated that Timm had one conviction from 2011, which is spent.

The lawyer stated that primarily based on Timm’s comparatively younger age and that he had abilities as a mechanic and provided that Superintendent of Prisons Timothy Hazelwood had talked about to the courtroom that day programmes which can be accessible to prisoners, Timm is an effective candidate for rehabilitation.

Williams stated Timm’s responsible plea, in itself, exhibits that there’s regret.

“… and albeit he had not pleaded guilty at the first opportunity, but he pleaded guilty nevertheless. The accused didn’t waste the court’s time with the possibility of going through a trial and should be given some credit for a guilty plea,” Williams informed the courtroom.

He stated that Timm didn’t hearth the deadly bullet that triggered Davy’s dying, “albeit based on the evidence before this court, that he may have spurred on the other accused”.

Williams argued that there was “not a sophisticated level of planning” of the killing. 

“From the evidence, the defendant and the co-accused went to a shop, saw the deceased there and it was at that point that the incident occurred.”

He requested the courtroom to contemplate that Timm grew up in poverty.

“And that’s necessary as a result of had this not been the case, he in all probability would have had his personal mechanic store, attended the technical faculty and enrolled within the programme to do auto mechanics.

“So you see, when children are at a young age, if they get pushed in the proper direction, they go on the straight and narrow part. With the lack of parental supervision, one can see how easy it is for a young man at the age of 23 to stray off the straight and narrow path due to the lack of proper parental supervision,” Williams stated.

Timm was sentenced to 31 years in jail for his crime.

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