Man convicted of Tamara Geddes murder fails in bid to have 20-year sentence reduced

By Racquel Porter
For the second time in a year, the Court of Appeal has rejected Owen Irving's application to have his 20-year prison sentence for the killing of Tamara Geddes reduced.
Miss Geddes was fatally shot in the community of Reserve in Falmouth, Trelawny on June 19, 2020, after her sister Nadine plotted her demise.
Irving hired the triggerman.
Irving was sentenced in the Trelawny Circuit Court on March 19, 2021 to 20 years in prison for Tamara's murder and five years for conspiracy to murder in relation to Tennisha Miller after pleading guilty.
He also collected payment from Nadeen to arrange the killing of Miller who was her brother's girlfriend, after Miller reportedly stabbed him to death during a dispute.
The court had ruled that Irving must serve 15 years in prison before being considered for parole.
Irving is among five people, including Tamara's sister and her two daughters, who were convicted for the shocking murder.
Following his conviction, Irving appealed his sentences before a single judge in the Court of Appeal and was refused last May.
He later renewed his application before the three-judge panel who, following a hearing in February and March of this year, again refused the application.
Irving had appealed on the ground that his sentence was harsh, manifestly excessive and cannot be justified.
But the Court of Appeal disagreed, noting that if he was indicted for murder under the Offences Against the Person Act he would have been facing the death penalty or life imprisonment.
The Court argued that the circumstances of the offences are disturbing and shocking.
The Court argued further that the convict could have been indicted for murder under the Offences Against the Persons Act and would have been liable to be sentenced for a potential penalty of death or life imprisonment, with a stipulated statutory minimum term of 20 years imprisonment before eligibility for parole.

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