Thursday 9 July, 2020

Former fireman to be sentenced for murder in 2020

James Jacobie (Left), Akwaso Francois (Right)

James Jacobie (Left), Akwaso Francois (Right)

Former officer of the Saint Lucia Fire Service, James Jacobie will have to wait until January 2020 to know his fate.

Jacobie was arrested and charged for the murder of 33-year-old Akwaso Francois and the attempted murder of his female companion, Ava Louis on November 15, 2013.

Francois and his girlfriend Ava were reportedly travelling in his Honda Accord registration number 1498 along the Millennium Highway, with two men he had given a ride to.

An altercation ensued in the vehicle and both Francois and his girlfriend were reportedly physically attacked.

They were transported to the Victoria Hospital via ambulance; however, Francois succumbed to his injuries.

Jacobie, a resident of Ravine Poission, Bexon, was granted bail in 2018, which was later revoked.

He pleaded guilty earlier this year for the murder of Akwaso Francois and was to be sentenced in October, which did not happen.

The matter, which was heard on Thursday, December 5, 2019, has been adjourned to January 27, 2020.

According to sources, the adjournment of the matter has been attributed to the unavailability of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Daasrean Greene and his deputy.

The family of the deceased has since expressed frustration with the court delays and just want closure on the matter.

Akwaso Francois who was an accountant at the St Jude Hospital at the time of his death. He left behind a daughter who turned 5 recently.

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