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Court quashes appeal by attempted murder convict Jevone Demming

- Demming was sentenced in 2015 to 7 years imprisonment
Jevone Demming, of Virgin Gorda, was sentenced to 7 years in jail on February 2, 2015 after being found guilty of attempted murder. Photo: VINO/File
Sherman Williams, right, was sentenced to 15 years in jail for attempted murder. Photo: VINO/File
Sherman Williams, right, was sentenced to 15 years in jail for attempted murder. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Her Ladyship, The Honourable Justice Janice M. Pereira, DBE, has quashed the appeal and upheld the Virgin Islands High Court ruling in the matter against attempted murder convict Jevone Demming.

Demming, of Virgin Gorda, was jointly charged with Sherman Williams for attempting to murder Neil St Rose on September 30, 2012.

High Court judge Nicole P. Byer had sentenced Demming to 7 years imprisonment and Williams to 15 years in jail on February 2, 2015. The duo had been found guilty by the jury on October 22, 2014.

Appeal

Demming, through his lawyer Patrick D. Thompson, made the appeal to the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC) on the basis that the trial judge led the jury astray on the “law of joint enterprise thus rendering his conviction unsafe and unsatisfactory.”

In its published verdict, on January 14, 2020, the ECSC said Justice Pereira’s reasons were based on “the basis that no miscarriage of justice resulted from the judge’s misdirection to the jury.”

Court’s version of events

According to court documents, on September 30, 2012, Williams, Demming and St Rose were at the Rock Café on Virgin Gorda attending a social event.

What started as a push and shove episode between the three men, turned ugly when St Rose left the food establishment and headed to his vehicle.

He was followed by Demming and Williams who was armed with a gun into the parking lot.

Williams fired a shot and when St Rose turned around, he was beaten by both men and shot at close range by Williams, one of the injuries was in St Rose’s scrotum area.

Demming received 7 years and Williams received 15 years for the crime.

In addition, Williams got 10 years for the offence of unlawful possession of a firearm.

The firearm was never recovered.

9 Responses to “Court quashes appeal by attempted murder convict Jevone Demming”

  • eyes (20/01/2020, 10:47) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
    My boy you home this year time fly by. The storm is over.
    • Greg (20/01/2020, 10:59) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
      @ eyes. If he attempted to kill you, you wouldn't be so happy he was getting out soon. You would be scared and watching your back everyday! That would be a living HELL!
      • eyes (21/01/2020, 07:46) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
        Do no evil fear no evil . But let me tell you something this was a young man that made a mistake and thank God he never killed anyone , it's people like you that scorn and keep people down because of there pass you not righteous or perfect . You must no a man first before you judge . Bugs you keep your head up we all make mistakes in life and have paid for yours remember you have a trade they that blog about us sit behind desk. Your family look forward to seeing you the storm is over.
        • Greg (21/01/2020, 20:15) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
          @ eyes. Shut your stupid mouth! Attempted murder is NOT a MISTAKE! Why was a gun used if not premeditated? That is crap when you say "Do no evil fear no evil". So many innocent people have been killed for just being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Hush your foolishness! This man had a direct involvement here. He must do the time for the crime, that's all there is, there is no more.
  • NezRez (20/01/2020, 10:55) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Disgraceful how people try to and also take peoples' life, and want sympathy for going to prison. They really have some freaking nerve! They want to live and be free, while they tried to snuff out someone else life.
    • Hmm (20/01/2020, 13:35) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      The man they allegedly tried to shoot is right their in Balo too, so sometimes you got to question the system. Karma
  • strong (20/01/2020, 11:28) Like (1) Dislike (7) Reply
    Just keep a positive mind set mi brother and good behavior. Freedom is a must
    • Well strong (20/01/2020, 13:55) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      Freedom is a must eh? FYY, Freedom is a must for the Law abiding, tax paying citizens.
  • Really (20/01/2020, 20:50) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Some of you want these two no good punks back in your community? Check your brains.!


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