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Second teen admits involvement in manslaughter of 57-year-old grandfather

Duane Gibbons (Photograph supplied)

A second teenager has admitted involvement in a fatal stabbing that took the life of a 57-year-old father and grandfather last September.

Shae-Unni Smith, 19, from Sandys, pleaded guilty in the Supreme Court yesterday to a charge of manslaughter in connection with the killing of Duane Gibbons.

He remained silent otherwise throughout the court proceedings.

Smith, who has been in custody since last year, is expected to return to the court next month to be sentenced.

He was originally charged alongside Ricardo Tucker Jr, also 19, who was sentenced to spend 13 years behind bars after he also pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

During his sentencing, the court heard that in the early hours of September 16 last year, Mr Gibbons was near the Blue Hole petrol station in Hamilton Parish when he was spotted by riders on a white motorcycle.

The pillion passenger, later identified as Tucker, got off the motorcycle and chased Mr Gibbons to the Swizzle Inn restaurant before he made a stabbing motion towards the victim’s back.

Mr Gibbons was seen on CCTV cameras reaching at his back before he collapsed.

A passer-by later found him unconscious and he was rushed to the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Tucker left the scene on the motorcycle, which travelled to the Ice Queen fast-food restaurant in Paget.

He discarded the knife and clothing while at the restaurant. He and the alleged rider were seen ordering food and re-enacting the chase.

Police tracked down the motorcycle using CCTV footage and identified Tucker by a distinctive white stripe on his track pants at the time of the incident.

He was arrested nine days later and charged with the stabbing death.

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