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Killers of Good Samaritan couple get life in prison

BY PAUL HENRY Crime/Court Desk co-ordinator henryp@jamaicaobserver.com

Tuesday, September 18, 2012    

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ANDRE Ennis, brother of popular entertainer 'Elephant Man', and another man were yesterday sentenced to life imprisonment for the 2008 murder of 'Good Samaritan' couple Jhanel Whyte and Tyawo McKenzie.

In handing down the sentences in the Home Circuit Court, Justice Lloyd Hibbert ordered that Ennis and co-accused Shane Brown serve 50 years of their sentence before becoming eligible for parole.

The men stood stone-faced after the sentence was passed.

Hibbert said that the murders were heinous and that the young couple were led away and slaughtered.

Brown and Ennis were convicted in June by a panel of 12 jurors who deliberated for approximately four hours after hearing several days of evidence.

The two were jointly charged with George Cooper for the murder, but Cooper later turned a state witness after pleading guilty to a lesser charge for which he is now serving eight years behind bars.

The three men are said to have participated in the abduction and subsequent brutal murders in November 2008 of the couple, who had taken medicine, among other things, to the three men following a motor vehicle accident.

During the week of November 4, Whyte and McKenzie were travelling together in a motor vehicle and met in an accident with Ennis and Cooper, who were travelling along Border Avenue in St Andrew on a motorcycle. The couple took the men to the University Hospital where they were treated and released.

The following day, it is alleged, arrangements were made for the couple to take medication and crutches to the injured men at an apartment in Havendale. However, Whyte and McKenzie were never seen alive again after making the trip. Their bodies were subsequently found on November 9 in bushes at Mount Salus, Red Hills, with their throats slashed.

Last month, McKenzie's mother, attorney Clover Graham, was found with her throat slashed on the grounds of the Caymanas Polo Club.

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