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Convict threatens to commit suicide in court

A man convicted of manslaughter had to be restrained after he threatened suicide in court yesterday.

Jerome Francois, who is serving a life sentence for the 2006 death of 61-year-old Manes Saint-Ilien at Lover’s Beach in Eight Mile Rock, stunned the court when he ripped his shirt and fastened it around his neck, and said, “I’m going to kill myself.”

Francois walked into the Eight Mile Rock Police Station and told police he had killed Saint-Ilien before burying his body.

He initially faced a murder charge but pleaded guilty to manslaughter by provocation in 2010.

Prisoners are not cuffed in court.

Before the outburst, Francois appeared agitated when Justice of Appeal Stella Crane-Scott asked if his lawyer Glendon Rolle had visited him.

Rolle, the attorney of record for Francois, was not present.

Francois raised his voice and flailed his hands and said, “Nobody came to see me. I want to be free. I’m ready to go home.”

Prosecutor Kristan Stubbs told the court that Francois had attended the psychiatric clinic at the prison from 2013 to 2018.

After his outburst, police cuffed him and took him back to Central Police Station.

Artesia Davis

Senior Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.

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