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Not a monster

grant pleads with judge for second chance

courtMicah Stephen Elijah Grant today pleaded with a Supreme Court judge not to see him as “a monster but a young man who had made mistakes”.

Grant, of Mayers Road, My Lords Hill, St Michael, pleaded guilty in April of this year to possession of a .22 revolver without a valid licence.

When the matter came up for mitigation today, Principal Crown Counsel Elwood Watts argued for a sentence of between six to eight years to be imposed on Grant who has been on remand for the past 1,374 days.

Watts argued that such an offence should attract a ten-year sentence, but that had to be balanced with several mitigating factors that “merit a discount”.

“He is a young man who . . . expressed remorse . . . entered an early guilty plea . . . cooperated with the police, [as well as] the time he spent on remand,” the prosecutor said.

Asked to explain why he should not get such a sentence, Grant, who has two previous convictions said, “I acknowledge without excuses that I have done something wrong.”

Grant, who committed the offence when he was 21 years old, told the court that life in his household was rough, although adding that “this is not a blame game”.

“I have struggled . . . . I can only hope that this court will accept that I have made mistakes . . . and I am not perfect,” he said.

Grant said he has had a lot of time to think about how he “got in this mess” and “wished that I could turn back the hands of time”.

He told the court that he had taken advantage of the opportunities offered at HMP Dodds, including going to church, and taking computer, Math and English classes, to “shake off [these] cobwebs”.

“I humbly ask you to grant me a reprieve . . . to be among the new generation of fruits this country has to offer. I am terribly sorry for the crimes that I have committed, Ma’am. I hope that you don’t see me as a monster, Ma’am, but a young man that has made a terrible mistake,” Grant pleaded.

He returns to the Supreme Court on Tuesday when the judge will deliver the sentence.

5 Responses to Not a monster

  1. Brien King
    Brien King October 7, 2016 at 6:22 am

    He isn’t a monster, he just drink them.

    Doesn’t he know that by nature of things, you can’t shake off cobwebs ?

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  2. Diana Cummins
    Diana Cummins October 7, 2016 at 7:03 am

    I hope he is sincere in his apology for his own sake;given it is his third offense,people do make mistakes but how many times will you continue to call it a mistake .guess time will tell on this one..

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  3. BoboTheClown October 7, 2016 at 7:55 am

    It is so easy to be mannerly and repentant after being caught. Why did he think of all the excuses he would have to come up with before he committed the crimes he is accused and plead guilty to ?
    It is almost certain that if given a chance ,he’ll find himself before the courts again, because he feels like many other young men a that having is greater than than having common sense.
    People that use guns while committing crimes should be treated harshly. When treated lightly ,others are empowered to do the same . Very few young men want to spend ten to fifteen years in Jail, so as a deterrent (to some) no pity should be given to anyone who feel that having a gun gives them the right to terrorize others.

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  4. Walter Prescod October 7, 2016 at 8:32 am

    Think before you do the crime! Now you have the time to
    complete the Maths English and Computer classes.
    It’s about time the courts stand firm on people found with guns
    10 to 15 is a good number, a deterrrent!

    Reply

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