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Oscar Selgado makes plea for non-custodial sentence, asks victim to forgive him

Posted: Saturday, May 18, 2024. 11:23 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: Though he maintains he is innocent and will appeal his conviction on a charge of abetment to commit murder, attorney-at-law 54-year-old Oscar Selgado took the opportunity to ask the woman he allegedly tried to have killed to forgive him.

As explained by attorney Arthur Saldivar, “Selgado has indicated to the court in his apology that he is sorry for the ordeal that Miss [Marilyn] Barnes has had to endure as a result of this trial process; what he has indicated is that inasmuch as he has been found guilty here and she was a person involved in this, that he is seeking her forgiveness for his role in that.”

Selgado himself said in court, “First my sincere apologies to Marilyn Barnes. I am asking through the court, asking Ms. Barnes for forgiveness. I believe Ms. Barnes is a Christian. We all pray to an anointed God to forgive our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. I am sincerely sorry for all the inconvenience and all the difficulties I have caused Ms. Barnes. I apologize and hope she has the strength to forgive me…”

When the Director of Public Prosecutions, Cheryl-Lynn Vidal, questioned exactly what he was asking for, she was objected to by Saldivar on the basis that the trial was concluded and that the line of questioning was unfair and irrelevant.

The Punta Gorda Town native and former teacher and soldier detailed his family background and lifestyle as the son of a driver for the Government who did not make it past secondary school in his educational background, yet achieved a law degree. He also noted that he has given back through his profession, defending no less than 62 clients while appointed by the court over the last decade and other pro bono work.

Selgado is a diabetic and has been battling health problems to make it through his court appearances. He said it is clear to him that crime certainly does not pay, and that in his condition, the Central Prison at Hattieville is no place to spend the rest of his days.

Presiding High Court Justice Nigel Pilgrim is awaiting the testimony of a doctor and the CEO of the Central Prison before he decides Selgado’s sentence.

The case was adjourned for Thursday, May 23.


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