Following his conviction three weeks ago for the murder of Mocha East Bank Demerara mechanic Terrence Lanferman, Kenkassie Lynch was this morning sentenced to 75 years’ imprisonment for the crime.
The prison term was imposed by trial judge Navindra Singh following the presentation of a probation report which had been requested by Lynch’s lawyer Adrian Thompson. The judge also ordered that Lynch’s time spent on remand be deducted from the sentence.
The 12-person jury found that on June 1, 2015, at Lot 27 Nelson Street, Mocha, Lynch murdered Lanferman, a mechanic. According to reports, Lanferman resided at Mocha, East Bank Demerara and, on the day in question, Lynch, who was armed with a gun, knocked at Lanferman’s door and shot him. It was reported that Lanferman received gunshot wounds to the neck and chest and was pronounced dead on arrival at Diamond Diagnostic Centre.
It was reported that Lanferman received gunshot wounds to the neck and chest and was pronounced dead on arrival at Diamond Diagnostic Centre.
Lynch had initially pleaded not guilty to the murder charge. In leading his defence he opted to give an unsworn testimony.
From the prisoner’s dock he had told the jury, “I am innocent of this crime. I didn’t give Mr [Police Inspector Prem] Narine no statement. I could not read and write. They [the police] didn’t caution me and tell me anything about my rights. I didn’t get no call to my family.”
Inspector Narine was one of the witnesses who testified against Lynch. The case for the state was presented by Prosecutors Tuanna Hardy, Abigail Gibbs and Teriq Mohamed.