Accused In Sean Luke Case Sentenced

The two men accused of murdering six year old Sean Luke in 2006 have not been sentenced to death, and will instead serve prison terms for the crime.

The sentencing was handed down on Wednesday afternoon by High court Judge, Justice Lisa Ramsumair-Hinds.

The accused, 29 year old Akeel Mitchell and 31 year old Ricard Chatoo, were both found guilty of the crime on July 23rd.

Mitchell was ordered to serve 33 years in prison, while his co-accused, Chatoo, was ordered to serve 27 years.

During the sentencing, Justice Ramsumair Hinds explained that the time the two men had already spent in in prison, together with other deductions for good behaviour while in prison, resulted in automatic deductions from their sentences.

Therefore, Mitchell will serve 17 years, six months and 13 days while Chatoo will serve an average of 11 years, six months and 13 days.

Justice Ramsumair-Hinds also ordered that their matters come up for review every three years for the court to be updated on whether the two accused are making progress in terms of good behaviour.

This, she added, can result in further deductions from their sentences.

Sean Luke, of Orange Valley Road in Couva, went missing on March 26, 2006. His decomposing body was found two days later.

An autopsy revealed the child died as a result of internal injuries and bleeding after he was sodomised with sugarcane stalk.

At the time of their arrests for the murder, Chatoo was 16 years old and Mitchell,13.

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