MAY PEN, Clarendon — Two men who pleaded guilty to murdering Anglican priest Father Larius Lewis say they met on the homosexual website Grindr and jealousy reared its ugly head on the day he was killed.
Tafari Wilson and Lloyd Thompson were yesterday sentenced to life in prison when they appeared in the Clarendon Parish Court. Thompson, who is 22 years old, has to serve 21 years before he is eligible for parole while 19-year-old Wilson will be eligible for parole after serving 19 years in prison.
The sentencing was done in camera but defence attorneys spoke with the Jamaica Observer after the proceedings. Attorneys George Clue and Tamara Lovelace represented Wilson and Thompson, respectively.
“Both of them pleaded guilty on April 12. The sentencing was postponed to today. The court asked for a social enquiry report and a police antecedent report,” said Clue. “The social enquiry report of both persons disclosed that both of them were molested during their early years. It also disclosed that they felt rejected or abandoned. On the day in question, one of them is asserting that the priest was showing more attention to one than the other,” he said.
Lovelace said the men arranged to meet face to face after initially making contact on Grindr. “Apparently what they had arranged for, the priest wanted more and so things got out of control which resulted in the death of the priest,” she said.
Lewis died from a blow to the head. Church members, concerned after they did not see him for a few days, found his lifeless body in St Paul's Cure in Chapleton on September 25 last year. The discovery left the community in shock.