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Court hears of Goodman’s past sexual assaults

Guardian Senior Reporter

Published: Oct 22, 2013

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A prosecutor yesterday highlighted Kofhe Goodman’s past sexual assaults on young children while making a case for him to be sentenced to death.

Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Garvin Gaskin argued that Goodman kidnapped 11-year-old Marco Archer “in pursuit of sadistic sexual gratification”.

Marco left his parents’ home on Brougham Street on September 23, 2011 to buy candy.

His remains were later found hidden in bushes behind a building where Goodman lived.

Gaskin said the Penal Code defined murder in the course of a felony as a death-eligible offense.

He noted that Goodman, who turned 39 yesterday, had molested a 10-year-old boy in 1989 in circumstances that were “eerily similar” to those in the Archer case.

The victim, Norris Adderley, was also murdered. Gaskin said although Goodman was charged with murder, he was only convicted of unnatural sexual intercourse.

Gaskin said that Goodman confessed to buggering the boy. Another boy, who was sodomized in Garden Hills, also testified at the murder trial, Gaskin said.

The victim said a boy offered him a ride on his bike, which he accepted. The boy went into Lil General Convenience, bought lard and took a short cut through Garden Hills.

The victim said the boy started to choke him and told him he would “kill him like he killed Norris” before he sodomized him.

Goodman was also convicted of the attempted murder of a nine-year-old boy, the court heard.

Goodman’s lawyer Geoffrey Farquharson said that Goodman should not receive the ultimate sentence of death as the murder of Marco Archer did not fall into the category of the “worst of the worst”.

He said the pathologist had not determined the manner of death.

Farquharson suggested that an appropriate sentence would be one of 15 years as Marco’s death was an “ordinary murder”.

He said there was no evidence of kidnapping or sexual predation before the court.

Justice Bernard Turner said he may pass sentence on October 28.

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