Accused in publicised cases plead guilty on 'Sentence Reduction Day'

Observer staff reporter

Saturday, October 21, 2017

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RELATIVES of the operator of Moncrieffe's Patio Shop on Old Hope Road in St Andrew, who was gruesomely murdered in March by one of her employees, can expect to get justice in under a year after the accused pleaded guilty in the Home Circuit Court on Thursday.

Omar Graham, otherwise called 'Brown Man' of Alexander Road in Kingston, pleaded guilty to the murder of 76-year-old Barbara Moncrieffe and the injuring of her husband and two others.

The elderly woman died after receiving several blows to her body from a piece of iron, which was also used to inflict injuries on the other victims.

Graham was among several accused who took part in the Sentence Reduction Day initiative at the Supreme Court Thursday, in the hope of getting up to 50 per cent discount on their sentence for pleading guilty.

Also pleading guilty was medical assistant Lorna Williams, who had snatched a day-old baby from the University Hospital of the West Indies; Phillip Brown, who had murdered his pregnant ex-girlfriend at Crystal Towers Apartment in St Andrew because she had ended their relationship.

Williams wept as she pleaded guilty to child stealing before Justice Martin Gayle.

The 47-year-old woman was arrested last year after the day-old baby was found in her possession in Rollington Town after the child went missing.

Williams, the court heard, stole the baby from a cot while the child slept beside her mother in the hospital.

Brown was arrested and charged with the murder of 31-year-old Kerry-Ann Wilson, who was beaten to death and her body found wrapped in a tarpaulin on December 10.

A 22-year-old man who was arrested in December 2014 for murdering a woman, and reportedly boasting while in custody that he had “sacrificed” her, also pleaded guilty.

The man, Kino Gilzene, a labourer of New Haven in St Andrew, however, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and not murder as a psychiatric evaluation showed that he suffers from schizophrenia.

The deceased Sudeen Jackson, a 22-year-old resident of Braeton, Portmore, St Catherine was killed after she went to Gilzene's home, allegedly for a sexual encounter in exchange for $3,000.

Following the sexual encounter, she asked to leave but Gilzene got angry and stabbed her in her chest and neck before using a stone to bash in her face.

Gilzene then hid the woman under his bed and cleaned up the scene. When his sister Alicia came home, he told her a story about being held up by three men who raped and killed Jackson.

The sibling buried Jackson's body in a shallow grave the following morning but informed their mother of the incident and she summoned the police.

Both were arrested and Alicia was charged with misprision of felony.

Alicia, however, was not before the court Thursday and the director of public prosecutions indicated that the Crown is considering either prosecuting her for misprision of felony or abandoning the charge in light of what she was told by her brother.

All the accused, with the exception of Williams, were remanded for sentencing on December 15.




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