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Two men to be sentenced for manslaughter on November 9


When Roland Gumbs re-appears at the High Court on November 9 for sentencing, it will not be on a charge of murder.{{more}}

Gumbs was initially charged with the murder of Atiba “Crimo” Waldron on August 28, 2008.

He pleaded not guilty to murder and guilty to manslaughter at the Criminal Assizes on Friday.

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Colin Williams accepted the manslaughter plea.

Waldron, 28, of Paul’s Avenue was killed during a midday shooting at the Shell Gas Station in Pembroke.

He died of numerous gunshots about his body, including his head, back and arms.

Presiding judge Frederick Bruce-Lyle ordered that a social inquiry be submitted to the court before the sentencing.

On Friday, Alaskie “Beaver” Samuel, of Redemption Sharpes, who has been on remand since March 2007, charged with the murder of Ishmael Byron, 23, of Campden Park, also pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter.

He too, will be sentenced on November 9, pending a social inquiry report.

Byron’s body was discovered in the York Mountains in Campden Park, with a single gunshot wound to his upper back.

His murder is believed to have been committed between April 29 and May 5, 2006.

Attorney Kay Bacchus Browne represents both accused in their respective matters.