Hamilton man’s case de­layed again in St. Lu­cia

He awaits sen­tenc­ing af­ter an un­ex­pected guilty plea in drown­ing of a four-year-old boy

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - MOLLY HAYES mhayes@thes­pec.com 905-526-3214 | @mol­ly­hayes

The sen­tenc­ing of a Hamilton man in St. Lu­cia has been de­layed for a sec­ond time.

Sa­hab Jamshidi, 35, pleaded guilty in Jan­uary to gross neg­li­gence caus­ing death in re­la­tion to the Fe­bru­ary 2015 drown­ing of a four-year-old boy on the Caribbean is­land.

His sen­tenc­ing was ad­journed Feb. 3 un­til this week to give both sides time to com­plete pa­per­work.

On Fri­day, it was put off yet again be­cause the pros­e­cu­tion had not com­pleted its writ­ten sub­mis­sions in the case.

It will now be at least an­other two weeks be­fore Jamshidi learns his fate.

T. J. Eli­box, 4, had been at Bois Shadon Beach in Vieux Fort, on the south side of the is­land, with his ma­ter­nal grand­mother and her church group for a pic­nic on Feb. 22, 2015.

It was here — where he was be­ing watched by a teenager while his grand­moth- er cleaned fish — that the small boy drowned in the choppy wa­ters of the At­lantic Ocean. His body washed ashore a few days later. The church group al­leged Jamshidi — who had been at the beach that day kitesurf­ing with friends for his birth­day — had tak- en the child out for a ride and dropped him.

But Jamshidi had long in­sisted — for close to two years, up un­til his guilty plea — that he first spot­ted the boy from his board out in the wa­ter and called for help, even co-or­di­nat­ing a search party on the beach.

It is un­clear what led him, on Jan. 24 just two days into his long-awaited trial, to shift and en­ter an un­ex­pected guilty plea. His fam­ily and le­gal team have de­clined to com­ment on the case un­til it is fi­nal­ized.

It’s un­clear at this point whether a deal was made with the pros­e­cu­tion.

T.J. Eli­box’s mother, Jowella Roserie, was in court Fri­day.

She too de­clined to speak to the me­dia un­til af­ter the sen­tenc­ing.

Jamshidi was told to re­turn to court on Feb. 23.

The judge stressed to the court the sen­tenc­ing will take place this time.

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Hamilton man Sa­hab Jamshidi, 35, must re­turn to court on Feb. 23 for sen­tenc­ing.

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