One of the country’s latest murder victims in a 24-hour blood bath is a man convicted and acquitted in the killing of Queen’s College Elementary teacher Joyelle McIntosh.
Twenty-eight-year-old Armando Sargeant was killed at the intersection of Beatrice Avenue and Charles W Saunders Highway early Tuesday morning and was seen lying in the middle of the street.
Police said he was one of three men involved in an argument at a traffic light on the highway. One of the men shot at Sargeant and a man, who fled. Sargeant was struck by the gunfire, succumbed to his injuries, and was later discovered in the middle of the street.
Who was Armando Sargeant?
Sargeant was one of three, accused of killing teacher McIntosh in 2015, as she and her son drove through Parkgate Road.
Near midnight on that fateful day, McIntosh tried to avoid hitting a person seen lying in the middle of the street. Shortly afterward, she was shot in the neck and crashed her vehicle. Her 13-year-old son escaped and ran for help as he was being shot at.
Sargent, Johnny Mackey, and a juvenile at the time of the murder, were charged with murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, and attempted armed robbery.
The juvenile was charged with actually shooting the teacher and he and Mackey were later convicted of all of the offenses, while Sargent was convicted of manslaughter, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, and attempted armed robbery.
The men filed for an extension of time to appeal their applications and the Court of Appeal approved Sargent and Mackey’s applications for an extension of time, quashed their convictions, and did not order a retrial.
The Appeal Court approved the juvenile’s application for an extension of time, quashed his convictions and sentences, and ordered a retrial.
That meant Sargeant and Mackey were free men.
State of Play
Sargeant’s murder increased the country’s murder count to sixty-nine for the year.