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No basis found to upset verdict of Redemption Sharpes teen

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Kimron Neverson wants to be a better man. However, he has to do that at Her Majesty’s Prison.{{more}}

The 16-year-old Redemption Sharpes resident appeared at the High Court’s Court of Appeal sitting on Tuesday, requesting that the tribunal substitute his three-year custodial sentence with a suspended sentence.

In May last year, Neverson, along with fellow Redemption Sharpes resident Jeremy Laborde, pleaded guilty at the High Court to robbery and possession of a firearm with intent to commit an offence.

High Court judge Frederick Bruce-Lyle, sentenced Laborde to 10 years imprisonment on both counts and Neverson to three years on both counts.

The sentences are concurrent.

Both men pleaded guilty to robbing Troy Eustace at gunpoint and relieving him of a Blackberry smartphone valued at $750, a leather wallet valued at $35, an identification card, a debit card and another cellular phone, at about 7:30 a.m. on January 7, 2011 at Paul Over.

The court heard that Eustace was walking in the area when two masked men approached him and demanded that he hand over his belongings.

At the appeal hearing, Neverson appealed on the grounds that the learned judge did not take into account that he was 15 at the time the offence was committed and that he pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.

“I want to be a better man. I want to make use of my life outside.”

High Court judge Davidson Baptiste told Neverson that the offence was very serious and that he did not think the judge made any error in principal when he sentenced him.”

“I find no basis to upset the sentence imposed by the learned judge. Your appeal against sentence is dismissed,” the judge ruled.(KW)

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