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Jerry Martin has a propensity for murder – prosecutor

BVI News Staff - Monday, April 2nd, 2012 at 8:26 AM

Serrano

Jerry Martin, the man presently serving a sentence at Her Majesty’s Prison for the 2005 murder of Rolland Serrano, will know on Tuesday, April 3 whether he will be granted parole.

Defence attorney Patrick Thompson thanked the Social Development Department, which he said submitted a thorough report to the court. He also presented five legal authorities to the court that show that a minimum term of 20 years can be a good starting point for his client’s new sentence.

However, Principal Crown Counsel Tiffany Scatliffe told the court that Martin is not a person of good character. She recalled that on September 15 the deceased Rolland Serrano was leaving to go to the airport, and on his way, he was robbed by two men and was shot. It was stated that he VC succumbed to his injuries in October 2005.

“Doctors stated that Serrano suffered from gunshot wounds that caused paralysis, which caused for further internal difficulties that led to his death,” Scatliffe said.

In further commenting on the present situation, the Crown noted that Serrano’s family are still hurting.

“Despite some of the commentary that were made in that statement, the only thing shown is a family in pain that have not forgiven Martin for what has transpired,” Scatliffe said.

The prosecutor said that from the facts of the matter it was a robbery that was planned, judging from the fact that the defendant was able to remove certain things from the defendant’s body.

She stated that Martin has a conviction for wounding, and in addition to the sentence being looked at, he is serving a charge of attempted murder. This she opined means that the defendant has a propensity for murder and also raises the issue of re-offense.

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  2. Mark
    April 3, 2012
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    Really? Cuz it was good they caught your murderer. However, this probation thing should not even be in question or debate. It is not like you were killed by accident, but by the imagination and will of a killer. Why is it that consideration is given for the murderers? It takes a lot to rob a man and then kill him. Your mindset has to be pure evil to do this! This is not said because it happened to my cousin since it could have happened to anyone. Fact is murder is murder! Forgiveness is always a must but that does not mean the murderer should not serve their time. Take a life by murder, then spend the rest of yours locked up for the crime! It’s simple!

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  3. April 2, 2012
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    How can a prisoner who is serving sentence for attempted murder and robery come up for parole after 7 years. God help us.

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  4. Neutral
    April 2, 2012
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    What is the BVI Judicial System to a revolving door for murderers and criminals? Law abiding citizens are not going to be able to walk the streets without looking over their shoulders. Is this what we are coming to and this is a territory that depends on Tourism? Lest we forget.

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  5. Question
    April 2, 2012
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    Why is he considered for parole so early when he murdered someone?

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