Almost three years after 19-year-old Londoner Jared McKnight was stabbed to death, the man responsible was handed his sentence.
It was not the sentence McKnight’s family had hoped for.
While the Crown was asking for nine years, Perry Eggett Jr., 25, received an eight-year sentence. For time already served, he’ll be eligible for release in three years and seven months. He pleaded guilty earlier this year to manslaughter.
In her ruling, Justice Helen Rady told the court Tuesday Jared’s death was, “An utterly senseless death that shouldn’t have happened.”
Eggett stabbed McKnight in the chest on May 12, 2012 – after he mistook him for his younger brother Jordan McKnight.
On Monday, Eggett told the court that he regretted what he had done saying, “I wish it never happened and I could take it back.”
Jared’s mother, Lori Scott, who has left comments on this blog, said, “I just want to see [Eggett] never see the light of day, the same way my son is. That’s basically what I would want to see as a mother, but it won’t happen.”
I came upon the scene shortly after the stabbing on Adelaide Street near Hamilton Road.
I talked to people on site and broke the news that Eggett had been the perpetrator.
Here’s one of my earlier stories.
I wish to offer condolences again to the family. After waiting so long for the case to wrap up, it seems the wait behind bars for the man who killed McKnight isn’t nearly long enough.
And CTV London’s coverage from Monday: