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Jun 17, 2005

Wife beater?s sentence reduced… or is it?

A man who was given twenty years for attacking his spouse with a machete in 2003 had part of his sentence lifted by the Court of Appeal today. Thirty-year-old Kenrick Nunez contended that the sentence handed down by Justice Troadio Gonzalez in October of last year was excessive. Nunez had been given ten years for dangerous harm and another ten for use of deadly means of harm after being found guilty of lashing his common-law wife, Vernescia Morgan, on her back with a machete and then chopping her on her arm and breaking her wrist when she turned and raised her hands to try and protect her face. The Court of Appeal reduced his sentence by ten years. However, because Nunez’s sentences were to run concurrently and not consecutively, he will still be spending the same amount of time in jail, ten years, that he would have been spending had he not appealed at all.

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