The Jamaican Court of Appeal has drastically reduced the 25 year prison sentence handed down against a St Mary farmer who pleaded guilty to killing his two year old grand-niece.
Clive Barrett was sentenced two years ago following the death three years earlier of Eshauna Gardener in Port Maria, St Mary.
His lawyers had challenged the sentence, claiming it was excessive.
The Appeal Court agreed and on Tuesday sentenced Barrett to nine years in prison.
Prosecutors told the court that, on October 30, 2013, Barrett inflicted wounds to the child who was left in his care. She later died.
A post mortem revealed that the child suffered blunt force injury to the head.
Barrett was out on parole for murder when the child was killed.