A 47-year-old man was sentenced this afternoon to a 12-year prison sentence for the murder of a homeless man, which took place near the Farmers Market on the 2nd of February this year.
During the trial, Judge Carla Menezes, who presided over the case, explained that the confession of the suspect, at an early stage, was vitally important to the investigation, especially in the absence of significant evidence. The defendant also showed the police where he had hidden the murder weapon.
In her summing up, the judge explained that the defendant had shown a willingness to undertake responsibility for his actions and accept his guilt, and these, said the judge, were some of the mitigating reasons behind the 12-year sentence.
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