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April 9, 2014
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Canadian couple convicted of murdering 10-y-o Jamaican boy

Bjorn Burke, Staff Reporter

A Canadian couple was last Saturday convicted for the second-degree murder of a 10-year-old Jamaican boy, who suffered several bouts of abuse leading up to his death.

According to the National Post, the boy's father, Garfield Boothe, and stepmother, Michelle Boothe-Rowe, were handed mandatory life sentences by jurors after approximately 14 hours of deliberation.

The 10-year-old, Shakeil Boothe, who left Jamaica in 2009 to live with his father and stepmother in Toronto, Canada, reportedly suffered attacks before succumbing to injuries at the hands of his caregivers in May 2011.

The National Post reported that jurors were given a gruesome account of how Shakeil was beaten, deprived of food and chained to his bed in the months before he was found dead. The court heard the boy was given a savage beating, causing widespread internal bleeding, his body simply could not recover from "minutes to hours" before his death.

Autopsy photos detailed scars of varying ages, criss-crossing Shakeil's bony shoulders, back and legs, swelling in his hands and thighs, and open wounds on his shins, some of which were yellowed with infection, the National Post said.

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