Man sentenced to 35 years for murder of pedestrian in hit-and-run
A driver was yesterday jailed for 35 years for the murder of a pedestrian in a hit-and-run crash that took place shortly after an argument.
Following a retrial, Tyrone Francis, 30, was convicted of the murder of Jonathan Linden and causing harm to Elvardo Johnson and Jerome Charlton.
In passing sentence, Justice Guillimina Archer-Minns said that she believed that the father of one could become a productive member of society once released from prison.
The jury found that Francis acted deliberately and intentionally when his Hyundai Accent ploughed into the three friends as they walked home from Royal Castle.
According to the prosecution’s case, the men had an exchange of words with Francis while at the restaurant, just 10 minutes before Francis claimed that he lost control of his vehicle when he swerved after someone threw an object across the windshield.
Francis’ lawyer Keith Seymour said the police “rushed to judgment” by filing criminal charges in what was really a traffic accident.