A 31-year sentence imposed on ex-policeman Kevin Waterman for the killing of his girlfriend, policewoman Eleanor Jones, was on Wednesday reduced to 24 years by the Court of Appeal.
Initially indicted for murder, Waterman, when his case came up for trial in 2013, copped to the lesser charge of manslaughter and was sentenced to 31 years by Justice Navindra Singh in the High Court.
He subsequently appealed the sentence, arguing that it was too harsh.
That appeal was heard by acting Chancellor Yonette Cummings-Edwards and Justices of Appeal Rishi Persaud and Arif Bulkan, who granted the reduction being sought by Waterman.
He was represented by attorney Adrian Thompson.
Waterman had admitted that he unlawfully killed Jones on July 7th, 2007, at her Silvertown, Linden home.
She was attached to the Mackenzie Police Station. They had been involved in a relationship and he had gone to her home on the day of her death and an argument ensued between them after he accused her of infidelity.
Waterman then pulled out a firearm from his waist, and Jones initially struggled with him before trying to run away. He discharged several rounds at her, hitting her about the body.
She died while receiving emergency treatment at the Mackenzie Hospital.