Jamaica’s second-highest court has slashed by more than half the 25-year prison sentence that was imposed on a St Mary man who used a piece of stick to beat his infant grandniece to death. This occurred 16 months after he was released from prison for killing a female companion.
Instead, the Court of Appeal has ordered that Clive Barrett, 54, should serve a sentence of nine years and four months for beating 22-month-old Eshauna Gardener to death because she disobeyed him and got burnt by a coal fire he left unattended at his home in Dean’s Pen, St Mary, on October 30, 2013.
The court ordered, too, that July 21, 2016, should be regarded as the day he started serving the reduced sentence, meaning he could be released in four years.
Barrett pleaded guilty to manslaughter in 2015 for the vicious beating. According to a postmortem report that was used as evidence in the case, Eshauna had multiple “imprint abrasions” to her chest, upper abdomen, back and scalp.
“The cause of death was listed as shock and haemorrhage, traumatic cerebral haemorrhage, and blunt-force head injury,” the report indicated.
Justice Marcia Dunbar-Green, who imposed the 25-year prison sentence in the St Mary Circuit Court in 2015, pointed to the “savage” attack on the 22-month-old child and the fact that Barrett committed the crime while he was on parole.