Man sentenced to life for senior citizen's murder

January 28, 2017

 

A St Catherine man who was convicted for the murder of a senior citizen, was sentenced to life imprisonment in the Home Circuit Court yesterday

Justice David Fraser recommended that Gregory Harrison, a labourer of Old Harbour, serve 32 years before being eligible for parole.

Harrison was charged with the murder of 69 year-old Louise Barnes, also of Old Harbour.

During the trial in November 2016, the Crown had led evidence that in 2009, Harrison killed Barnes at her home in Old Harbour, where he also resided.

 

Month-long trial

 

Her body was then burnt and buried on the Tethford Farms in St Catherine.

A missing person's report was filed by Barnes' relatives, who did not believe Harrison's stories of her disappearance.

The police was contacted and the investigations intensified which resulted in the arrest and charge of Harrison.

The month-long trial was presided over by justice David Fraser and crown counsel, deputy director of public prosecutions Jeremy Taylor marshalled the evidence.

Harrison, who was defended by attorney Peter Champagnie, gave an unsworn statement from the dock.

He told the court his last recollection of Barnes was that she boarded a bus to Kingston and that he did not see her again.

A seven-member jury returned a unanimous guilty verdict.

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