Guyana: Youth gets life in prison for killing 18-month-old niece over gold earrings

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Guyana: Youth gets life in prison for killing 18-month-old niece over gold earrings
Sherwin Roberts known as ‘Big Head’ was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of his 18-month-old niece Ronasha Pilgrim
Sherwin Roberts known as ‘Big Head’ was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of his 18-month-old niece Ronasha Pilgrim

(NEWS ROOM GUYANA) — Sherwin Roberts known as ‘Big Head’ was sentenced to life imprisonment Tuesday by Justice Jo-Ann Barlow at the Demerara High Court after he confessed to killing his 18-month-old niece Ronasha Pilgrim over a pair of gold earrings in 2017.

He will be eligible for parole after serving 20 years; Justice Barlow also ordered that Roberts is exposed to anger management and educational classes while in prison.

Roberts, formerly of ‘B’ Field Sophia, opted to plead guilty to the capital offence, which occurred on September 1, 2017, at Lot 98 North Sophia, Georgetown.

Roberts was represented by Attorney-at-law Maxwell McKay while the State was represented by Prosecutor Sarah Martin.

It is the State’s case that on the day in question, the toddler was at home with her two older brothers —ages 12 and 10 in their one-bedroom house, while their father worked the night shift as a security guard.

At around 03:00hrs, Roberts allegedly gained entry into the house by breaking a louvre window in the bedroom and attempted to relieve the toddler of her gold earrings. When the child began to scream, the man reportedly tossed her through a window into the swampy yard.

Before leaving, he placed a pile of wood on top of the shallow grave and buried the toddler alive. Her body was submerged in water and slush and was pulled from the three feet deep muddy grave approximately an hour after it was buried there.

In mitigation, Mckey told the court that his client is 18-years-old, but the court records presented by the Prosecutor showed that he is 22-year-old old.

The Attorney stated that Roberts showed remorse and in his statement to the Police by saying: “I sorry for what I do, I didn’t mean to do it! It is the devil in me.”

In court, Roberts explained that he was angry with himself and took it out on his niece.

Prosecutor Martin asked the court to consider the age of the victim, the way in which she was killed and her relationship with Roberts.

The Judge said that the incident was a “cruel fashion of death”, noting that Roberts did not only threw his niece through the window but also buried her in the mud.

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  1. That's what I am saying too..they always saying I killed because I was high or this or that ..the devil all sorts of stupid excuses.but they are not killing themselves.let them go rot some place.

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  2. It's a shame the mother didn't watch her daughter, while the father went to work at night ( she was just a baby and the mother didn't care that she was leave in the care to two young brothers; while dad went to work). Know dad was doing his best.. also feels sorry for the brothers as they will always remember this. Pray for them all. The devil is hard at work ( he must have been high on something, because he could have run out and leave the poor baby),

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  3. Read the story and moved on. My anger and sadness made me come back and reread it. It made me sad and angry. To each their own opinions; but there is no way in hell he kill this poor innocent baby over trying to steal gold earrings. So you was trying to steal the earrings and she began to scream, you throw her out the window. Why didn't he jump out the window instead of throwing the poor baby out? Sorry; but his story is BS. R.I.P. baby girl!

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