A ‘hot skull’ gets 43 and a half years for the murder of an Albouystown footballer
Kaieteur News – Alvin Jones, known as ‘Hot Skull,’ a fish cleaner at Castello Housing Scheme, Georgetown, was sentenced yesterday to 43 and a half years in prison for murdering Albouystown footballer Paul Daniels.
The sentence was imposed by Justice Priya Sewnarine-Beharry, after serving a probationary report on Jones’ upbringing and life.
The report outlined that Jones was a high school pupil, who grew up in a single-parent home in Castello Housing Scheme, West La Penitence, Georgetown.
Jones’s mother reportedly worked two jobs to provide for the family, when she was a child. The report also noted that residents described Jones as having good manners as a child.
As such, the resident concluded that Jones may have been negatively influenced by peers during his teens.
Meanwhile, a victim impact statement from the deceased’s relatives gave the court a perspective of how their lives were affected, after he was murdered.
Daniels’ girlfriend, Ashley Castello, whose statement was tendered through State Prosecutor Nafeeza Baig, detailed that she could not sleep for weeks after her demise and felt lost.
In addition, the victim’s sister, Patricia De Abreu, told the court that her brother’s untimely death had left their family without both of their male role models, as their father had also died.
When given a chance to address the Court, Jones claimed: “I didn’t think I was getting a fair trial.”
He also claimed, among other things, that the shooter was known as “red man.”
However, the Baig Prosecutor who presented the matter along with State Counsel Shawnette Austin urged the court to consider the prevalence and nature of the offense.
He specifically noted that a dangerous weapon was used in the commission of the crime.
In that regard, Justice Beharry imposed the sentence of 43 and a half years on Jones. He told him that he had the option to appeal the sentence, if he so wished.
Jones Daniels was fatally shot during a robbery at Independence Boulevard, Albouystown, Georgetown on February 2, 2017.
Media reports had stated that Daniels, 39, a painter and plumber from Schoonord, West Bank Demerara, was shot in the chest by one of two men who had stolen it from a chain and a small amount of money shortly after that he followed his companion to his Independence Boulevard Lot 253, an Albouystown residence.
Back then, police had said Daniels was shot when he tried to pursue the two robbers.
Daniels, on the day in question, was reported to have picked up his girlfriend from work on a CG motorcycle and dropped her off at her home.
Based on the reports, the thieves entered the home and demanded money and jewelry from Daniels. Before fleeing on a motorcycle, the bandits released several rounds hitting Daniels.