Man gets life imprisonment for burning ex-lover to death
Christopher Locke has been sentenced to life imprisonment for murder in the St. Catherine Circuit Court.
High Court Judge Stephane Jackson-Haisley today ruled that Locke must serve 40 years before he is eligible to apply for parole.
A seven-member jury on Thursday found Christopher Locke guilty of murder. He was on trial for the October 2011 murder of Sanchez Clayton who died from burns sustained after her house was set ablaze.
Justice Jackson-Haisley told the accused that the nature of the offence was premeditated and despite his lawyer asking for leniency it is one where no leniency can be given.
The prosecution led evidence that Locke had threatened the deceased, with whom he had an estranged relationship. Locke, 38, a welder of Portmore, St Catherine, was accused of setting Clayton's Monza, Greater Portmore, St Catherine house ablaze while she was inside.
Clayton, 25, suffered burns all over her body. She died as a result of complications from the burns received.
Justice Stephane Jackson-Haisley spent just over one hour summing up the case before instructing the jury to consider murder, manslaughter or an acquittal.
The jury retired for two hours before returning a unanimous guilty verdict.