Sentencing hearing for Rushane Barnett now underway, grandmother of deceased hopes for justice
The sentencing hearing for Rushane Barnett, the man who confessed to the murders of a mother and her four children in Cocoa Piece, Clarendon in June, is now underway in the home circuit court.
Barnett pleaded guilty to the charges in July, when he appeared in the home circuit court in Kingston.
The victims are his cousins 31-year-old Kemesha Wright, and her children 15-year-old Kimanda Smith, 12-year-old Sharalee Smith, five-year- Rafaella Smith and 23-month-old Keshawn Henry Junior.
They were found dead inside their homes on June 21 with stab wounds and their throats slashed.
The prosecution sought the death penalty in Barnett’s case.
Moments ago, the court heard victim impact statements from Keshawn Henry senior, the father of one of the deceased children, and Gwendolyn Mcknight, the mother of Kemesha and grandmother of the four children.
Meanwhile , Gwendolyn Mcknight, the woman whose daughter and 4 grandchildren were killed in Cocoa Piece, Clarendon in June, is among several persons who have gathered, at the home circuit court in Kingston, for the sentencing of Rushane Barnett.
Barnett pleaded guilty to the murders last month.
Speaking with Irie Fm news, Miss Mcknight said she is hoping that true justice is served.
She expressed support for the prosecution seeking the death penalty in Barnett’s case.