Noel Adonis, who was charged with murdering Ishroutie Deonarine at the Queen’s College compound in 2007, was sentence to 30 years imprisonment by Justice Navindra Singh after a jury found him guilty of the lesser offence of manslaughter yesterday.
The jury returned a unanimous verdict of manslaughter following deliberations on the evidence presented in the case after it was summed up by Justice Singh. After spending much time deliberating, they came out of the jury room for further direction from Justice Singh and return later with the verdict.
During the trial, Adonis chose to remain silent when he was called upon to lead a defence and despite his attorney Peter Hugh’s mitigating plea to the court yesterday and his request for leniency prior to his sentencing, Justice Singh said that there were no mitigating factors in the case.
Thirty years in prison was Justice Singh’s starting point for sentencing and this did not change since there were no mitigating factors.
Adonis was on trial for Deonarine’s murder which occurred on September 9, 2007 at the Queen’s College compound. He is said to have lashed the woman with a piece of wood to her head, injuring her. Deonanrine succumbed to her injuries five days later.
State prosecutors Natasha Backer and Tishana James had called the deceased’s mother Liloutie Deonarine to testify. She had said that she saw when Adonis hit her daughter to the head causing her to fall and then running away.