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May 1, 2014
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Mechanic on murder rap to serve sentence
BARBARA GAYLE, STAR Writer

A man who sought to have his sentence of 15 years' imprisonment reduced after he pleaded guilty to murder was ordered by the Court of Appeal to serve the sentence.

Jason Fairman, 34, mechanic of Crawle district, Riversdale, St Catherine, had appealed yesterday on the grounds that the sentence was manifestly excessive.

After he pleaded guilty in the Home Circuit Court in March 2012, Justice Martin Gayle had sentenced him to life imprisonment. The judge ordered that Fairman must serve 15 years before he was eligible for parole.

Fairman had pleaded guilty in March 2012 to the murder of 20-year-old Raymond 'Pops' Allen, of Norman Lane, Kingston.

Allen was sweeping his yard when he threw some water, which accidentally caught the foot of Fairman's mother. She began to curse Allen who apologised to her but she continued cursing him. Fairman came up, held on to Allen and stabbed him in the neck. Allen ran into his yard and collapsed.

After the witnesses testified at the trial in the Home Circuit Court , Fairman gave an unsworn statement, stating his name and address. He then said that was all he had to say.

The next day when the trial resumed he changed his plea.

Fairman who represented himself on appeal, asked the court to reduce the 15-year prison term as it was manifestly excessive.

The Court of Appeal turned down his appeal and ordered him to serve the sentence.

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