Have mercy


It took 72-year-old Garnett Levere Brome two attempts today to address the No. 2 Supreme Court in his manslaughter case.

Brome, a fisherman of Six Men’s, St Peter pleaded guilty in July this year to killing Caroline Roberta Forde.

The 49-year-old fish vendor died at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital after she was brutally stabbed on August 19, 2013.

Dressed in a beige short-sleeved shirt and dark brown slacks, Brome, who walks with an aid, began addressing the court presided over by Madam Justice Michelle Weekes: “I am sorry to . . .”

But he was stopped by the judge as he began to cry and became incoherent.

On the second attempt, after wiping his face with a washcloth, he said: “I am very sorry to this court and to the family of Caroline Forde . . . about what took place . . . about the life that lost . . . [that] I had love. But things happen.”

Brome went on to tell the judge, as several members of Forde’s family listened from the upstairs section of the courtroom, that he was “a very sick man”.

“I suffer with a number of illnesses [that] at any given moment can cause my death,” he said as he sniffled, adding that he was on medication for a heart problem.

Asking the court for leniency, Brome added: “Give me the opportunity to get back out and help myself with my frailness, because in the institution we do not get the proper attention and medication that I have to use to help increase my health.”

His pleas followed mitigation by his attorney, Verla Depeiza, last Friday. She had pleaded for the judge to impose a less than 10-year sentence on her client.

But today, Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Donna Babb-Agard, QC reiterated the call for the maximum sentence of life, starting at the 30-year mark.

The prosecutor noted that in the cases presented by Depeiza in her mitigation last week, all the convicted men got a jail term of 20 years or more and the cases never “contemplated . . . less than 10 years”.

“We submit, as I did before, that Mr Brome is a danger to society, especially to women,” Babb-Agard maintained.

Depeiza countered that Brome’s age and “very poor health” were the “distinction” with regards to the other cases which she urged the court to consider when determining sentence.

Justice Weekes then adjourned the matter with no set date for sentencing.

8 Responses to Have mercy

  1. Nadia Marshall
    Nadia Marshall October 26, 2016 at 7:11 am

    Wonder what he’s smiling at…for 72 years old he doesn’t look as sick and ailing as he’d like the court to believe. You want mercy but you didn’t show your victim or her family any.

  2. kathy-Ann Clarke October 26, 2016 at 7:53 am

    Well, well, and do you know why he is so sick now? Because of the wrongs that he has done, he killed twice, not once, twice, and talking about how he sorry. He is not sorry, cause even while he was in the market stabbing that woman, he showed no mercy. I agree with the magistrate, he needs locking up until his death. I do not have any mercy for people like him. I am sorry, but its the truth.

  3. Alex Alleyne October 26, 2016 at 8:34 am

    Hi Boss Man Brome, I got 2 things , but you must choose one because as you say “things happens”.
    (1) I hear the Prison down Station Hill is having a “grand outing” and will be showing off the “hanging machine” so what i plan to do is, “try you out on it to see if it still working”. (2) Now if you don’t like that , I will take you up to the Horse racing field and put you in the center , then pour some animal blood all over you and then let out a bunch of “wild dogs”. To show you that “things happen”First, I will give you your best meal and you could even wash it down with a “nice cold banks beer”.

  4. jrsmith October 26, 2016 at 10:25 am

    30 years to life would be fitting, not for only him but all the sad minded others at (DODDS) waiting they fate for murdering others………

  5. Smiley October 26, 2016 at 10:33 am

    No mercy to the deceased stay in jail

  6. Lennox hewitt October 26, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    30 + someone say u kill b4 ? And now want mercy yes under one condition give him de American Flag send him to Isis with it to tell dem it from de American people .

  7. Lennox hewitt October 26, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    If ge get back with his gead on set him free den u get all de mercy u want headless .

  8. Winslow Brome October 26, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    It appears from your name Mr Brome that we are related but from my stand point you took what you cant give,life.Enjoy your Cell!!!!!!!!


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