WEDNESDAY, MAR. 7: Shaki Crockwell’s father believes that while justice was served today, Derek Spalding should’ve got a longer sentence.
Spalding was jailed for life and must spend a minimum of 38 years in prison before being eligible for parole for the premeditated murder of Mr Crockwell.
Mr Crockwell Sr said: “I think he should’ve got more than that.
“He shot him up and killed Shaki for what, $8,000.
“Justice has been served but he need to get more than 38 years.
“I hope he rots in jail.”
He continued: “Believe me, the Almighty is going to deal with him.
“You can’t go heaven for murder.
“He got what he deserved, that’s enough.”
Mr Crockwell Sr said Spalding should’ve been given 45 years.
Asked how the family is coping, Mr Crockwell Sr said: “Right now, we’re trying to hold together for one of my daughter’s.
“She’s in England in school.
“We have got to hold together for her.
“We can’t let ourselves down.
“We have got to pick ourselves up.
“We have got to move on because Shaki won’t come back but he will always be in my heart.”
In a victim impact statement, Saadia Savoury, the mother of Mr Crockwell’s 13-year-old son said he had been in her life since 1998.
She described him as “charming” and “fun to be around”.
“Shaki’s death has left me vulnerable and scared.
“He will never be able to see our son grow into a man.
“I have lost my faith and trust in people.
“I have trouble finding joy in the simple pleasures in life.”
She continued: “Because of Derek’s heartless decision to murder Shaki, I have to parent alone.
“I don’t want to do this alone but I have no one to help me.
“My son hurts and I can not console him.
“No parent should have to wake their child to let him know that their parent has been killed.”
The boy also wrote a statement and said: “I always loved going over my dad’s house.
“He will never see me graduate or be there when I get married.
“When it’s Father’s Day, I have no one to celebrate with.”
Mr Crockwell, 25, was gunned down on the railway trail in Loyal Hill, Devonshire in August 2007.
Spalding, 36, shot him once in the back of the head.
The court heard Spalding lured Mr Crockwell there to pick up a drug package.
Puisne Judge Carlisle Greaves today called the murder a “drug killing” as Mr Crockwell sold drugs for Spalding and didn’t pay him what he was owed.