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August 7, 2014
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St Thomas murderer gets 25 years

DEON P. GREEN, STAR Writer

Kevin Bandie, of Retreat in St Thomas, found guilty by a 12-member jury for the 2006 murder of his girlfriend, Dahlia Dixon, was sentenced to life imprisonment when he appeared in the St Thomas Circuit Court recently.

He will serve 25 years before being eligible for parole.

Bandie, 34, and Dixon were involved in a relationship which Dixon ended. However, the court heard that Bandie did not take the separation well, as he felt rejected. The court further heard that Bandie went to Dixon's house, kicked off the door and used a piece of electrical extension and a sheet to strangle her.

Bandie was captured in Morant Bay in January 2007 after muddy prints of his shoes were left on the door. The convict also left the crime scene with a few pictures that were on Dixon's dresser.

Bandie, a labourer on a construction site with his stepfather, called the stepfather and told him he and his girlfriend were fighting and she died. He did not turn up for work. The police attempted to contacted him on his phone, but were not able to get him after a while.

He further told his stepfather he was in Haiti. A few months later, Dixon's father saw Bandie in Morant Bay and notified the police. When the police accosted him, he dropped a bucket containing pictures of Dixon and attempted to flee, but was chased and held by the cops.

A post mortem report confirmed that Dixon was strangled to death.

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