Defence Attorney, Bert Samuels, is questioning the fairness of the sentence handed down to his client Tesha Miller in the Supreme Court yesterday.
The feared criminal convict was sentenced to 38 years in prison for two counts of Accessory to Murder in relation to the 2008 killing of then Jamaica Urban Transit Company Chairman, Douglas Chambers.
Miller’s sentencing hearing began yesterday morning amidst heavy security presence at the Supreme Court in Kingston.
His attorney, Bert Samuels, called a 50-year-old woman to the stand.
She told the Court she has known Miller for some 16-years.
The character witness said she would often take Miller to Bible Study at her Church.
She described him as a family man, who she has witnessed making dinner for his mother on Mothers’ Day.
After asking for and receiving permission from the presiding judge the character witness addressed Miller and told him to answer the call of God on his life and walk in what she described as his purpose.
Meanwhile, Mr. Samuels told the court the character witness’ statements about Miller were consistent with other witness statements and the social inquiry and community reports.
He said Miller was a loving, respectable and resourceful community member who started his own business despite leaving high school without acquiring any subjects.
He pleaded with the court to use a starting point of 15 years for sentencing.
But, the presiding judge, Georgiana Fraser, questioned what she called inconsistencies in the social inquiry and community reports.
She said while several community members noted that Miller assisted with academic grants, they could not indicate how he acquired the funds.
Justice Fraser also said while community members noted that Miller was good at splitting justice, they didn’t identify his standing in the community to exercise this function.
And, the presiding judge said it’s those same community members who insist Miller was not a don which led her to question the sincerity of their statements.
Justice Fraser then sentenced Miller to a total of 38-years and 9-months in prison.
Throughout the proceedings, Miller wore a blank stare and was equally expressionless when the sentence was handed down.
His attorney Bert Samuels questioned whether the sentence was just.
In the meantime, Director of Public Prosecutions, DPP, Paula Llewelyn, says the facts of the trial prove that Miller was a gang leader.
The DPP says the murder of Mr Chambers was carried out in a calculated manner designed to scare members of the public who would have attempted to help the then JUTC Chairman.
Miss Llewelyn commended the prosecuting and investigative teams and the Crown’s sole witness.
The DPP also commended the jurors.
Paula Llewelyn, Director of Public Prosecutions, speaking yesterday with the media following the sentencing of Tesha Miller in the Supreme Court in Kingston.