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‘Contract killer’ sentenced

Guardian Senior Reporter

Published: Oct 12, 2013

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A Jamaican man convicted of shooting a man multiple times as he walked home, maintained his innocence up to sentencing yesterday.

Derrick Paul Suer, 41, was sentenced Friday to 46 years in prison for the June 22, 2010 shooting death of Geraltoe Johnson in Nassau Village.

Justice Indra Charles said while prosecutors did not establish a motive for Johnson’s “senseless” killing, the evidence showed that Suer went to Johnson’s home several times looking for him.

Charles said that Suer’s previously unblemished criminal record did not mean that she should not hand down a “punishment that fits the crime”.

She said, “The court must most importantly send a message that it will no longer tolerate criminality. The court has to send a strong message, especially given the number of senseless murders being committed.”

Kevin Farrington prosecuted. Keith Seymour represented Suer.


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