R v Azemia (CO 78/2014) [2016] SCSC 63 (05 February 2016);

IN THE  SUPREME   COURT  OF SEYCHELLES
Criminal   Side: CO 78/2014

[2016] SCSC 63

 

THE REPUBLIC

 

versus

 

FRANCIS AZEMIA

 

 

Heard:

 

Counsel:Mr. Kumar, Assistant  Principal State Counsel for the Republic

             Mr Gabriel for the accused

 

Delivered:                     5 February 2016

 

 

SENTENCE
Dodin J

[1]       The Convict  Francis Azemia has pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter.   The brief facts of the case as admitted  by the Convict  are that on the 2151 October  2011 at Laurier Street, Victoria,  Mahe, the Convict was observed  on video  footage  in the early hours of the morning following one Jeannette Nourrice,   According to the statements of witnesses, the Convict was also observed assaulting  a person believed to be the victim by means of foot kicks and then he was observed returning alone from the direction  of the scene of the crime.

 

[2]         The  Convict   was  later  identified   and  arrested   at Plaisance   where  he was  seen  shirtless   and with  dark  spots   on  him  which   were  suspected    to  be  blood   and  with  scratches    over  his body.

 

[3]         At  the  initial  trial,  the  Convict   was  found  guilty  of  the  offence   of  murder,   convicted   and sentenced   to life  imprisonment.

 

[4]          On  appeal,   the  Court  of  Appeal   quashed   the  conviction    and  sentence   on  account   of there being  too  many  lapses  in investigation    and  conduct   of the  trial  and  evidence   but  remitted the  case  for  the  determination    of the  Attorney   General   as to whether   to go  for a retrial  or not.

 

[5]         Since  then  circumstances     have  made  it more  difficult   for the  case  to  be properly   retried.

 

The   Convict,    however,    cognisant    and   remorseful    of  his   involvement     in  the   death   of Jeannette   Nourrice   opted  to plead  guilty  to the  alternative    count  of  manslaughter    and  has been  convicted   accordingly.

 

[6]          Learned    Counsel    for  the  Convict    in  mitigation,    moved   the  Court   to  Impose   a  lenient sentence   on the  Convict   for the  following   reasons:

 

(I)     By  pleading  guilty  he  has  not  only  saved  the  Court  and  family  of  the victim from another  lengthy trial but has also accepted  responsibility  and wants to move on and bring closure to this matter.

 

(2)       The Convict  is 25 years old with a dependent  child and has already  spent over 4 years in prison for this matter.

 

[7]               I have carefully  considered  the aggravating  and mitigating  factors  of this  case.   Having done  so, and noting  the prevalent  sentences  in cases  of manslaughter  which  have been imposed by the Court, I hereby sentence the Convict to a term of 6 years imprisonment.

 

[8]       Any  time  spent  on  remand  or  on  previous  sentence  which  was  quashed  shall  count towards this sentence.

 

[9]       The Convict may appeal against the sentence within 30 working days.

 

 

 

Signed,  dated  and delivered   at  lle du Port  on 5 February   2016

 

G Dodin

Judge of the Supreme Court