Child murderer sentenced to death

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NASSAU – A man with a history of violent attacks against prepubescent boys was yesterday sentenced

to death for the murder of 11-year-old Marco Archer.

Justice Bernard Turner determined that Kofhe Goodman’s murder of little Marco satisfied the criteria

set by the Privy Council for the imposition of the discretionary death penalty.

Turner said the crime fell within the “worst of the worst” and that Goodman showed no prospect of

reform due to his continued attacks against this“vulnerable segment of society”.

Turner said, “This case is a clear and compelling case for the ultimate sentence of death, to satisfy the

requirements of due punishment for the murder of this child and to protect this society from any further

predatory conduct by this convict at any time in the future.”

Goodman showed no emotion when Turner pronounced the death sentence. He smiled and chatted

with his lawyer Geoffrey Farquharson, who notified the court of his intention to appeal the conviction and


Marco’s relatives cried, as they did throughout most of the trial. Outside court, Marco’s mother,

Tryphemia Meadows, said putting Goodman to death would not bring her son back, but he would be

prevented from hurting any more little boys.

Goodman was released from prison in October 2010 after serving two-thirds of an 18-year sentence

for the attempted murder of a 10-year-old boy.

Goodman stabbed the boy 17 times with a screwdriver after he resisted a sexual attack. He was also

convicted of the sexual assault of a 10-year-old boy, who was found murdered in 1989.

Marco was last seen alive on September 23, 2011 when he left his mother’s home at Brougham Street

to buy candy from a neighborhood store.

His remains were discovered shrouded in a sheet and plastic in a vacant lot behind a condominium

complex owned by the convict’s mother. The clothing Marco was last seen wearing was found in a

garbage bin in front of the complex.

Turner said he agreed that the evidence established that the deceased was kidnapped. Goodman

became the second person this month to receive the death penalty. Convicted contract killer Anthony

Clarke Sr. was sentenced to death for the murder of Aleus Tilus. (Nassau Guardian)

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