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Goodman sentenced to death

  • Kofhe Goodman.

Guardian Senior Reporter

Published: Oct 29, 2013

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Kofhe Goodman, the man convicted of the September 2011 murder of 11-year-old Marco Archer was sentenced to death Tuesday afternoon.

Justice Bernard Turner handed down the sentence, after determining that Goodman's crime had met the requirement of the "worst of the worst". Justice Turner also said that based on Goodman's past criminal history there was no reasonable expectation that he could be reformed.

Goodman's attorney, Geoffrey Farquharson said he plans to appeal the sentencing. He has three weeks to file an appeal.

Prosecutors were seeking the death penalty for the 39-year-old who Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Garvin Gaskin labelled a “menace to society”.

Gaskin listed a litany of violent crimes that Goodman had committed against children in an attempt to demonstrate that he was incapable of reform, one of the requirements for the imposition of the death penalty.

Gaskin noted that Goodman had been charged with the 1989 murder of 10-year-old Norris Adderley, a crime that he said was committed in circumstances “eerily similar” to those in the Marco Archer case.

Adderley was last seen alive playing with his friends. After a frantic search by his mother, his body was found in a building. His pants were pulled down and his mouth was bloodied.

According to a pathologist, he died from a blow to the head. Goodman was convicted of sexually assaulting Norris but cleared of the murder.

Marco was last seen alive when he left his Brougham Street home to buy candy. Police discovered his body in bushes behind the condominium where Goodman lived in Cable Beach.

He received a blow to the head, according to the pathologist.

Goodman was convicted of the attempted murder of a 10-year-old, whom he stabbed multiple times with a screwdriver after he refused to perform a sex act on Goodman.

Farquharson said Marco’s murder did not meet the standard set by the Privy Council for the imposition of the death penalty of the “worst of the worst” and “rarest of the rare”.

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