Kofi Dill: A life of crime
Gang member Kofi Dill, 32, racked up a string of previous convictions before being jailed yesterday for handling a gun. They included two attacks that left one man in a coma and killed another.
In March 2003 Dill was jailed for two years for his role in a gang attack that left victim O'Shane Eugene Darrell in a coma. Mr Darrell was surrounded by a group of men in Joell's Alley, Pembroke, on October 28, 2000. The gang kicked him and attacked him with sticks, leaving him for dead in a pool of blood. Mr Darrell told Supreme Court his injuries would affect him for the rest of his life. Dill was originally charged with attempted murder but prosecutors accepted his guilty plea to the lesser offence of assault occasioning bodily harm.
That conviction came after a string of fines and suspended sentences meted out between April 1996 when Dill was just 16 and September 2001. They were for assault, importing and possessing an air pistol, handling and possessing cocaine with intent to supply it, receiving stolen goods and uttering offensive words.
When he was caught with 41 rocks of cocaine after a police chase, he told police: “I wasn't selling those drugs. I was holding them and was given money for holding them. I needed the money as I was just becoming a father.”
Next, Dill was jailed for three years in January 2004 for manslaughter and common assault. Supreme Court heard how he slapped 46-year-old Frederick John Goring, an innocent man, hard across the face when Mr Goring intervened in a row between Dill and a third man in November 2002. Mr Goring, from Dominica, was unable to defend himself because his hands were in his pockets. He fell to the ground as a result of the slap and was knocked unconscious. He never regained consciousness and died two days later of brain damage.–Jailing Dill after he pleaded guilty to manslaughter, Puisne Judge Charles-Etta Simmons ordered him to participate in an anger management course and a programme for violent offenders.
Following on from that sentence, he was back in court for perverting the course of justice, possessing cannabis and cocaine, driving while disqualified, assaulting the police and using threatening words. He got a mixture of fines and suspended sentences.
Dill was still subject to two of the suspended sentences when he committed his latest crime.
A Magistrate will now have to consider activating those jail terms. Meanwhile, the time Dill has spent in custody since he was arrested over the gun in December 2010 will be knocked off his eight-year sentence.