Manslaughter plea accepted

A plea of not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter, offered by Paul Ricardo Gordon 39, was accepted by the Crown on Monday, 21 September during Grand Court proceedings.

Gordon was accused in the 9 March killing of Sherman ‘Jazzy B’ Bodden 42, which took place in the Prince Link area of Savannah, Newlands.

Attorneys for the Crown said that though the defendant had made a plea of not guilty during his 1 July arraignment, the charge would be put to him again for the purposes of trial. At that time, Gordon replied, ‘I plead not guilty to the charge of murder but guilty to the charge of manslaughter.’

The plea was accepted by the Crown, who said there was evidence of provocation, which would have been at issue.

Chief Justice Anthony Smellie also accepted the plea on behalf of the court and entered a conviction of manslaughter against Gordon.

An application for an adjournment was then sought by Gordon’s attorney. Howard Hamilton.

Mr. Hamilton said he needed time to interview his client and prepare a mitigation plea and indicated that Wednesday, 23 September would be sufficient time to do so.

Justice Smellie obliged the attorney’s request and ordered that Gordon be produced to the Grand Court from custody on the said date for sentencing.

On the night in question, the 911 Emergency Communications Centre received a call from a woman stating that two men were fighting at her residence. Upon arriving, police and medics discovered that Bodden had received several serious injuries.

He was taken to the George Town Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.