Luchiano Barnes sentenced for Nicholas Robinson murder


Luchiano Barnes, 19, from Bristol, was today sentenced to serve 23 years imprisonment for the murder of Nicholas Robinson.

Barnes was also given a 6 year sentence for conspiring to buy a firearm. His co-defendant Fabian Cole pleaded guilty to the same charge at an earlier hearing and will be sentenced at a later date.

CPS Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor, Nicola Haywood said: "The CPS worked closely with Avon and Somerset police throughout this lengthy and complex investigation. At one point the investigation team was also required to work with the FBI to facilitate Barnes' return from New York, where he decided to fly three days after he left Nicholas Robinson to die in the street, in an effort to evade arrest.

"Mr Barnes is only 19 and now faces 23 years imprisonment. On sentencing Barnes, the Judge commented on the absence of a shred of remorse since the merciless killing occurred. Nicholas Robinson was only 19 when he had his whole future brutally and coldly taken away from him.

"Our thoughts are today with Nicholas' family and friends I know nothing will ever compensate them for their tragic loss but I hope the finalisation of this case will bring with it a degree of closure."