…eligible for parole after 20 yearsAfter spending over one year on remand for the murder of his 18-month-old niece, a 22-year-old man of Lot 8 B Field Sophia, Georgetown, will spend the rest of his life behind bars after he pleaded guilty to the heinous crime during his first appearance at the Demerara High Court on Tuesday.Sentenced to life in prison: 22-year-old Sherwin RobertsMurdered: 18-month-old Ronasha PilgrimJustice Jo-Ann Barlow sentenced Sherwin Roberts to life imprisonment after he admitted to the capital offence which detailed on September 1, 2017, he murdered Ronasha Pilgrim.The man was represented by Attorney Maxwell McKay while the State was represented by Prosecutor Sarah Martin.In presenting the State’s case, Prosecutor Martin informed the court that on the day in question, the deceased along with her brothers – aged 10 and 12 years – were left in their house by their father, a security guard, who went to work.At about 03:30h, their uncle allegedly broke a northern window, entered the house and attempted to relieve the child of her earrings.As such, she began to scream and Roberts tossed her through a window into the swamped yard.Upon leaving, the convict placed a pile of wood on top of the baby, who was left submerged.Meanwhile, Defence Attorney McKay in a mitigation plea on behalf of his client told the court that he is remorseful for the act and is only 18 years old and this should be considered, however, evidence provided by the State showed that Roberts is 22 years old.Nevertheless, Justice Barlow in handing down the sentence noted that the aggravating factors are immense and life imprisonment is more than appropriate for the crime. Additionally, the Judge noted that Roberts should be eligible for parole after serving 20 years while ordering that he undergo anger management courses during his confinement period.
Students from local Green Schools made a big impact when they put their environmental projects on display at last week’s Catchment CARE conference.Pupils and teachers from St. Baithins N.S, St. Johnston, Raphoe Central N.S, Convoy Joint N.S and St.Therese’s P.S, Lenamore, Derry were invited to the recent launch of the Donegal County Council led Catchment CARE project in Burt.The Catchment CARE project is aimed at improving the water quality in three important cross-border river catchments – River Blackwater, River Finn and the Arney River and as part of this, Catchment CARE will be delivering an educational programme on water quality to 30 schools (900 pupils) across the 3 catchments. Cathaoirleach of Stranorlar MD Cllr. Patrick McGowan and former Cathaoirleach Cllr. Gerry McMonagle pictured with Noelle Wilkie, Raphoe Central N.S, Anne McMullan, Green School Co-Ordinator, Raphoe Central N.S, and their pupils L-R Alex Walker, Sarah Craig, Harry Pearson, Lucy Brown and Alex Devine at the Catchment CARE launch on Thursday last in An Grianan Hotel Burt.Pictured at the launch of the Catchment CARE project on Thursday last in An Grianan Hotel Burt are Suzanne Bogan, Waste Awareness Officer, Donegal County Council, and Cathaoirleach of Stranorlar MD Cllr Patrick McGowan along with pupils from Convoy Joint N.S Bean Black, Noah Johnston, Shannon Glenn and Caleb Laird, and their teacher Ms. Heather Oliver.At the launch the schools, representing their Green Schools committees, showcased projects that their students are working hard on.The schools projects covered a diverse range of environmental awareness issues including Marine Litter, Composting, Bio Diversity and recycling plastics.Pictured at the launch of the Catchment CARE project on Thursday last in An Grianan Hotel Burt from St. Baithins N.S, St.Johnston are Odhran Feeny, Ms. Mary Brown, Charlin McElroy, Victoria McHugh Toland, Ms. Avril Gallagher, and Cllr. Patrick McGowan, Cathaoirleach of Stranorlar MD.Former Cathaoirleach Cllr Gerry McMonagle pictured at the Catchment CARE launch on Thursday last in An Grianan Hotel Burt with Ms. Ciara Herron from St.Therease’s P.S, Lennonmore, Derry, and her pupils Josh Harrigan, Caitlin Lees, Amber McGarvey, Cassie Quinn and Emily Burke.Speaking after the event Suzanne Bogan, Waste Awareness Officer with Donegal County Council said “We were delighted to have these schools represented at the launch of Catchment CARE. The work that is done by the students and teachers in these schools as part of the Green Schools Programme is nothing less than inspirational and it was a great opportunity to showcase to key influencers the impact that this work has in terms of raising awareness and an appreciation of the role each and every one of us has in protecting our environment”.Taly Hunter Williams, Senior Hydrgeologist – Groundwater, Geological Survey of Ireland, in discussion with students from Convoy Joint N.S about their Marine Litter project.€14 million project launched to improve Donegal water quality Green Schools showcase inspirational work at Catchment CARE launch was last modified: June 19th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:catchment careGreen Schools