A Canadian judge yesterday sentenced to life to imprisonment, a father and step-mother of a Jamaican boy who died after being beaten severely three years ago.
Garfield Boothe and Nichelle Rowe-Boothe were found guilty of second-degree murder in April.
Jurors heard gruesome evidence of how Shakeil, who left Jamaica to live with his father in 2009, was regularly beaten, deprived of food and chained to his bed in the months before he was found dead in his bed on May 27, 2011.
The Toronto Star reports the judge saying anyone who would repeatedly whip a 10-year-old boy with a belt to the point where blood was drawn and spattered would commit more violence against a child.
Among other things, the judge concluded that it was the boy’s father who delivered the final, horrific beating of his 10-year-old son.
Meanwhile, Judge Dawson concluded that the step-mother, Boothe-Rowe, was complicit in her stepson’s death.
The judge described the little boy’s May 2011 murder as a massive breach of trust.
He said almost every inch of the boy’s body was scarred, discoloured or wounded.
The judge ruled that the father will not be eligible for parole until 2029, while his wife will not be eligible for parole until 2024