Sentences have been handed down in Grand Court in three noteworthy cases including a vicious machete attack from 2014.
George Vaughan was sentenced (15 December) to 14 years for the attempted murder of his wife at a Bodden Town home in September 2014. Initial charges against him were delayed after he reportedly ingested poison prior to his arrest.
A man who pointed what appeared to be a gun at police officers in April was sentenced to six years in prison. Jonathan Welcome, 23, was convicted after a trial this week on a charge of possessing an imitation weapon with intent to resist arrest. Police on patrol near McField Square saw Mr. Welcome with what they thought was a gun and a chase ensued. He escaped but was later found in the attic of a home. This is the second time Mr. Welcome has been sentenced to a six-year prison term. He served two-and-a-half years for the 2011 attempted robbery of a liquor store that failed when he and another team were stopped by two Good Samaritans, one of whom told him, “not today, bobo.”
Two men convicted of robbing DND Accessories and Things in Savannah in August were each sentenced to four years. Paul Martin said he and co-defendant Romario Codner came to Jamaica by boat to deliver some “stuff,” in his words, when he got caught up in the robbery.