Teenager put on five-year bond
From the Courts
October 12, 2007

Teenager put on five-year bond

Presiding Judge at the High Court Justice Frederick Bruce-Lyle is of the view that society views every killing as a murder. “It seems like we want to draw blood for every killing,” the judge said.{{more}}

Justice Bruce-Lyle made his comments after placing 19-year-old Diamond Resident Randy Simon on a five-year bond for manslaughter on Wednesday at the High Court.

Simon pleaded guilty for causing the death of Brenton “Quinnie” McLean, 23, of McCarthy, on March 11, 2006, in the Revierre Hills.

Simon was initially charged with murder, but entered a guilty plea to manslaughter, which the prosecution, led by Dwayne Daniel, agreed to.

The Court heard that it was Brenton’s birthday when both decided to go hunting with a homemade gun. It was said that Randy was holding the gun, and not knowing it was loaded, the gun went off and Brenton was shot in his head.

The Judge commended the prosecution for having the charge reduced to manslaughter and not wasting the Court’s time. “It was clear to see that this was an accident and a murder charge does not make sense at all. He added that there should have been a Coroner’s Inquest into the matter and that it should have never reached the High Court. “When I say these things, I come the enemy of everyone, but I don’t care,” he said.

The judge also expressed his concern about the fascination by young people in society with guns, and said that something needs to be done about it.

Simon’s defense lawyer Grant Connell offered a powerful mitigation plea. Connell said that his client was extremely remorseful for his actions and that four months on remand “at her Majesty’s pleasure” taught him a valid lesson.

The young barrister noted that there was no animosity between both men and that it was clearly an accident. He said his client was cooperative with the police from the start and that his actions do not warrant a custodial sentence.

He said that placing Simon on a bond or suspended sentence would ensure that his client walks the straight and narrow path.

An elated Clyde and Elcia Simon said they would eat and sleep better now that their son is coming home.

“We could not sleep. It was so hard for both of us, but we are glad now he is coming home,” they both said.

If Simon breaks the bond, he would have to fork out $10,000 or spend five years in prison.