David St. Jean of Portsmouth was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the stabbing death of Clement “Johnson” James, a 53-year-old man from Good Hope.
The sentence was passed on Friday by High Court Judge Bernie Stephenson Brooks.
A few weeks ago a nine-member jury found St. Jean guilty of murdering James on September 20, 2010.
Justice Brooks called St. Jean’s actions “callous”.
Prior to sentencing, the judge had ordered a social inquiry report on St. Jean and according to the report, he has refused to take responsibility for his actions.
According to Justice Brooks, the report states .“He blames the medical professionals, he speaks violence in the community from where he is from, he wants to kill his mother and father and walks around always armed with a weapon……he is feared by the community,”
She revealed that the report also refers to St. Jean as a “hater of homosexuals.”
“You have committed an extremely grave offence which needs to be punished appropriately and I hope you use your time of incarceration to reflect on your actions and take the necessary counseling,” the judge told St. Jean in court on Friday.
During the trial St. Jean, in an unsworn statement, said he was walking on the Indian River Bridge about 3:30pm on Monday 20th September, 2010 when he observed James on the opposite side of the bridge “staring at me in a sexual manner while holding his crotch and licking his lips”.
He claimed he walked across the bridge to warn the deceased when a scuffle ensued between them and that he was “defending himself.”
St. Jean was represented by Bernadette Lambert.
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