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Court reserves sentencing in case of deliberate car crash

A Supreme Court judge has reserved his sentencing decision in the causing of dangerous harm case of a disabled man.

Jarvon Green, 37, deliberately ran into Anthony Lightfoot Jr. with his van as he stood on Irish Spring Court on December 29, 2018.

Prosecutor Anishka Pennerman argued for a sentence of 15 to 16 years, saying that Green’s disability did not justify a shorter sentence.

Green sustained spinal injuries that left him partially paralyzed while serving time for armed robbery at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services, the court heard.

On the other hand, Green’s lawyer, Bjorn Ferguson, said this was why he deserved a sentence of 18 months, which with time off for good behavior would mean that Green had already served his time.

Ferguson said, “His injuries were at the hands of prison officers, who brutalized him and caused him to come about the spinal injuries.”

Ferguson said that the prison did not have the facilities to deal with the disabled and that they were still using night pails in the 21st Century.

However, Pennerman noted that Green had completed his armed robbery sentence with those spinal injuries and was managing while on remand.

Pennerman said that Lightfoot sustained serious injuries as a result of Green’s actions and was unable to support his wife and six-year-old son.

Green’s van pinned Lightfoot to a wall and caused serious injuries to his head and internal organs, the court heard.

Lightfoot testified that Green had previously worked for him but developed a “vibe” after he was let go.

According to the evidence, the day before the incident, Green came to Lightfoot’s home and told him to tell his niece to stop calling his “[expletive deleted] phone”.

Lightfoot said that Green’s vehicle sped up and swerved in his direction, before it crashed into him.

This account was supported by the witness statement of Donte Demeritte, who was killed on August 6, 2019.

Demeritte told police that Green accelerated before the crash, alighted from his vehicle and fled the scene. According to Demeritte, a group of men caught Green, beat him up and detained him for police.

He said he had been at the Arawak Cay Fish Fry where he had been bumping cocaine and smoking marijuana when “my leg stick pon me” before the crash.

He claimed that his “pedal stuck and the wheel [expletive deleted] up”.

However, a police mechanic who examined the car said that the vehicle was in satisfactory condition.

Despite his admitted drug use, Green testified that this did not impair his driving.

Justice Bernard Turner has deferred sentencing until December 10.

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