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Allen Thomas faces a maximum penalty of life in prison for Manslaughter

Thebaide, St. David resident Allen Thomas pleaded guilty to Manslaughter on Tuesday

Thebaide, St. David resident Allen Thomas will know his fate on February 24, after pleading guilty to Manslaughter, in connection with the fatal stabbing of 55-year-old Angus Bleasdelle also known as “Snackette,” on July 10, 2020.

The 48-year-old, also known as “Cabbage” entered his plea when he appeared Tuesday before High Court Judge Madam Justice Victoria Charles-Clarke at the St. George’s No. 2 High Court.

The convicted man was 45 years old when he was initially implicated on a Non-Capital-Murder charge after the victim succumbed to injuries sustained some hours after the alleged incident, which occurred at a shop in the Thebaide community.

According to Attorney Jerry Edwin, who is providing legal counsel for Thomas, the charge was reduced after the Crown agreed that based on the facts of the case, the violent act was not one of premeditation.

Justice Charles-Clarke has requested a Social Inquiry Report (SIR), which will assist her in determining the penalty she will hand down for the crime.

In an interview with reporters after Tuesday’s proceedings, the American-trained Attorney emphasised the importance of the SIR.

“It is very important because the Court does not know the defendant – only the community and his family does, and so the Probation officers will go out to find out who the defendant is and this is why it is so important to keep a good reputation and to maintain good character, ” he explained.

On sentencing day, Attorney Edwin will enter a plea of mitigation on behalf of Thomas, who faces a maximum penalty of life imprisonment for causing Bleasdelle’s death.

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