Man Who Killed Another Over A Bicycle in 2009 Set Free

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Devon Byam, who was serving 14 years for manslaughter was set free by the Court of Appeal today.

Byam pleaded guilty to manslaughter after the commencement of his murder trial in June 2014.

He admitted to fatally stabbing Attiba Carbon during an altercation over a bicycle in November of 2009.

Byam’s lawyer argued that the judge’s sentence was excessive given the circumstances of the case.

The court having reviewed the case disagreed with the lawyer, saying it found no fault in the sentence.

Nonetheless, the sentence was varied to time-served due to administrative issues which delayed the appeal.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. I agree with the Court of Appeals on this case. Ridiculously long prison sentences do not do anybody good. I am sure he learned his lesson and we need to do a better job of integrating former prisoners back into society and make them become good productive citizens for Antigua (unless they are citizen of another country whereas we should just kick them out of Antigua).

    • @the real rass For those of us who value the sanctity of life and fully understand that another person’s life is an extension of one self would know that whAt ever you do to another you should first do to yourself.

      Perhaps the value of your life is a pair of roller skates as for the RASTAMAN it is ensuring that all creature s great and small is respected knowing that the life force within is not of self but the Creator.

      If you do not comprehend hold your nose shut and close your mouth. THE CREATOR WILL APPEAR….

  2. Lesson learned, you can’t bring back the dead, 9 years is a lot of pondering time so free the man. I have zero problems with that.

  3. What is really happening in this country with all these Court of Appeal since Antigua & Barbuda has refused the CCJ on referendum day? I have not read any appeal case about marijuana charges or conviction for bail or release from prison. Marijuana charges and convictions are not serious crimes like stealing, rape, attempt murder and murder.

  4. Yeah but in these cases the convicts have served most of their sentence. Its not like they just went to prison.

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