Father who allegedly killed 13-day-old son has charge reduced to manslaughter, released on bail

Prince Yaweh Henry
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By Monique Washington

Prince Yahweh Henry, who was charged last November for allegedly murdering his 13-day-old son, has been bailed out of custody and the charge against him has been reduced to manslaughter, a lesser charge.

On Nov. 22, 2015 Prince Yahwell Henry of Stapleton Village and his 13-day-old son, who is a twin, Ihailjah Rastafari Kelly went missing around midnight. According to a police release, they launched a search for the young baby and his father involving “members of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force, Ross University Island Constables K-9 Division and the St. Kitts-Nevis Defense Force.”

“Police searched Bayford’s Mountain and the surrounding areas before locating Henry who was not in possession of the missing infant,” the statement reads.

The Observer understands that Henry took the police to the remains of his son in the Bayford’s Mountain area. On Nov. 23, Henry was arrested and charged with murder.

On Sept. 6, the Royal St Christopher and Nevis Police issued a press release to inform the public about the details of Henry’s bail and reduced charge.

“Prince Yahwell Henry of Stapleton Village, who was arrested and charged for the Manslaughter offense was granted bail in the sum of $100,000.00 E.E.C. for his appearance at the Basseterre Magistrate Court on the Oct. 3, 2016 at 9 o’clock in the forenoon,” the statement reads. “Conditions are that he should:
1. Report daily to the St. Peter’s Police Station,
2. To surrender travel documents to the Court forthwith,
3. To observe a curfew during the hours of 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. and
4.To refrain from using marijuana and any other controlled drugs.”

According to the Laws of the Federation, “It is murder for a person of sound memory and of the age of discretion, to unlawfully kill any human creature in being provided the victim dies of injury inflicted within a year and a day of injury. The killing must be accompanied by malice aforethought. If it is not so accompanied the offence will be manslaughter.”

According to the “Laws of St. Christopher” 65 Control of public prosecution 2a, b and c, “The Director of Public Prosecution shall have power in any case in which he or she considers it desirable so to do (a) to institute and undertake criminal proceedings against any person before any court of law (other than in a court-martial) in respect of any offence under a law alleged to have been committed by that person. (b) to take over and continue any such criminal proceeding that have been instituted or undertaken by any other person or authority; (c) to discontinue at any stage before judgement is delivered any such criminal proceedings instituted or undertaken by himself or herself or any other person or authority.”

A murder conviction in the federation carries a maximum penalty of death, while manslaughter carries a maximum of lifetime imprisonment.

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