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Brother admits to killing brother

The trinidad Guardian / A man who killed his brother during an argument over eight years ago has pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to 11 years in prison with hard labour for the crime.

Joel Demas, of Upper Bournes Road, St James, admitted to beating his brother Yohan to death in 2009 when he went on trial before Justice Hayden St Clair-Douglas in the Port-of-Spain High Court on Wednesday. Demas is expected to be released in two years and four months as the time he spent in prison awaiting trial for murder was deducted from his sentence.

In deciding on the sentence St Clair-Douglas applied a mandatory one-third discount given to prisoners, who plead guilty and avoid a trial. St Clair-Douglas also took into consideration the prisoner’s remorse and the circumstances of the incident.

According to the evidence in the case, on February 27, 2009, Demas and his brother got into an argument which turned violent.

Demas’ brother sustained serious injuries and died at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital the following day.

Demas had initially been charged with his brother’s murder but the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had agreed to accept his guilty plea to the lesser offence of manslaughter.

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