Convicted: Sonia KingConvicted child killer Sonia King, through her attorney Mark Conway, has filed an appeal with Guyana’s Appellate Court to reduce a 20-year prison sentence, which was recentlyDeceased: Emmanuel Kingimposed by Justice Navindra Singh, after she admitted to the lesser count of manslaughter.King’s appeal is being filed on the grounds that Justice Singh had failed to recognise the convicted killer’s psychological condition – which should have been considered as a mitigating factor at the time the offence was committed and further that the sentence imposed was of a severe nature.The mother of two had pleaded guilty to killing her eight-year-old son while he was asleep on February 21, 2016. Justice Singh, who had heard the matter on July 18, sentenced the woman to serve 20 years for the crime.Reports are that King initially claimed that the child fell from a guava tree during the afternoon of February 21 after which he retired to bed. At about 22:00h, the mother had claimed that she went to check on the child but found him in a motionless state.He was taken to the West Demerara Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. However, she later confessed that she killed the child because of frustration, saying that she took a bed sheet and choked the child to death while he was sleeping.After the incident, King reportedly confessed to her husband to killing the child. She was arrested after confessing to investigators.
Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture Charlie McConalogue TD has called for tomorrow’s deadline for applications to the 2018 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) to be extended.Deputy McConalogue made the call in light of the fact that this year is the first in which BPS applications must be made online.The Inishowen TD said “Consideration must be given by the Department to the fact that this is the first year that BPS applications must be made online. “Consideration also needs to be taken of the recent pressures placed on farming families as a result of the fodder crisis which may also have prevented some farmers from focusing on making their application until now.“The EU Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan has already confirmed that there is flexibility for Member States in extending the deadline for applications. Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed should make use of this flexibility and extend the deadline for at least one week. This will give any farmers that have not made their application some breathing space to get their applications in order.“Considering that direct payments are a vital source of income for Irish farmers, making up 75% of farm incomes, the prudent thing is to extend the deadline.”Application deadline for Basic Payment Scheme should be extended – McConalogue was last modified: May 14th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)