Man gets seven years for killing patron at fish shop

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Mark Barclay

A MAN was on Tuesday jailed for killing another during a fight back in 2016 outside of the White Castle Fish Shop on Hadfield Street.

The sentence was handed down by Justice Sandil Kissoon at the High Court. The indictment read out to the court by State Prosecutor Abigail Gibbs, stated that on April 30, 2016, Mark Anthony Barclay unlawfully killed Gordon Ross. As such, he was facing trial for manslaughter. Gibbs further shared that on the night of the incident, both the accused and the deceased were at the White Castle Fish Shop. While there, the accused was entertaining himself and a crowd with his dancing. This for some reason annoyed the deceased, who as a result started beating Barclay with a belt, then proceeded to stab him in his hand with a knife.

Subsequently, the two were engaged in a scuffle during which the accused picked up the knife of the deceased and dealt him five stab wounds. The deceased was then taken to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The accused accepted the facts presented by the state and pleaded guilty to the charge. He was represented by Attorney-at-law, Brandon DeSantos, who shared that Barclay is 39 years of age and takes care of his mother.

After the case was presented and the accused pleaded guilty to the charge, Justice Kissoon started the sentence at a base of 25 years before deducting years for various things, including the fact that it was not the first time Ross had attacked Barclay and the post- mortem had revealed that his death was caused by a single wound to his leg.

After handing down the sentence, Justice Kissoon ordered that Barclay be taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital within the next 48 hours to seek medical attention after the convict had complained about injuries to his mouth. Relatives present in court broke down in tears as the sentence was handed down.