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Judge scolds murderer

Crystal Towers man who made love with pregnant lover, then kills her gets 15 years

BY RACQUEL PORTER
Observer staff reporter
porterr@jamaicaobserver.com

Saturday, December 16, 2017



JUSTICE Martin Gayle yesterday scolded Phillip Brown before sentencing him to 15 years in prison in what has become known as the Crystal Towers murder case.

Justice Gayle told the cold-blooded murderer Brown that he should have moved on, especially when he found out that his then lover, Kerry-Ann Wilson, was pregnant, instead of ending her life.

Brown was arrested and charged with the murder of 31-year-old Wilson, who was reportedly beaten to death and her body found wrapped in a tarpaulin on December 10, 2016.

“I find it most touching, the fact that on the day of her death you made love to her and then killed her,” Justice Gayle continued. “I find it difficult to understand. Yes, she was pregnant for another man is an indication that you should move on,” Justice Gayle told Brown.

Brown will have to serve 10 years before he is eligible for parole.

In October, Brown took advantage of sentence reduction day by pleading guilty to killing his pregnant girlfriend at their Crystal Towers Apartment in Kingston, hoping that he would get up to the maximum 50 per cent reduction in his sentence.

Prior to sentencing yesterday, prosecutor Adley Duncan told the court that approximately 3:00 am Brown's intention to dispose of Wilson's body in a gully did not go as planned , as he was spotted by the property's watchman who enquired what was in the tarpaulin.

The prosecutor said Brown told the watchman that the tarpaulin contained rubbish and asked him to assist him, but he refused.

At that time, Wilson's partially decomposing body that was tied with ropes, wrapped in a brown carpet and green garbage bag inside the tarpaulin became visible, after it was unable to fit through the rail of the bridge at the gully.

Duncan added that the Wilson's feet were seen hanging while there was blood in face and on the head.

According to the prosecutor, Brown, apparently unnerved, gave the watchman his car key and fled.

The police were subsequently summoned and the scene processed. The following day Brown surrendered to the police.

During mitigation Brown's attorney, Anthony Williams told the court that Brown's case was one of love beyond boundaries and so his client got caught up with the love of his life.

“He really cared for the deceased, despite the fact that she was pregnant for another man. They were making reconciliation efforts,” Williams told the court, adding that Brown and Wilson “had romance in a particular fashion”.

Williams argued that their intimacy showed that that the relationship was important to Brown.

“What got the better of him is that the pregnancy was overwhelming,” Williams told the court, adding that Brown was unable to face his challenge and so the external force got the best of him.

Pointing out that the child that they both shared will not have Brown as a father, the lawyer asked Justice Gayle to impose a sentence that will allow him to care for his daughter when he comes out.

Prior to handing down the sentence, Justice Gayle said: “This case is of love and I would say a case of self-control. We need to exercise self-control and not our [allow] emotion to gather up and lead us into violent acts.

“She said it is over, move on. I don't think you do it for the love. If you love someone you would protect it and it will come back to you. She is out of the picture now,” Justice Gayle said, adding that it is unfortunate that the child will have neither parent.

Meanwhile, 10 of the 14 people who had pleaded guilty in October during sentence reduction day were also sentenced yesterday.

Among them, the labourer who admitted to killing a woman in December 2014 and hiding her body under his bed, after inviting her to his home for sex, was sentenced to seven years' imprisonment with psychiatric evaluation, treatment and counselling.

Kino Gilzene of New Haven in St Andrew had pleaded guilty to manslaughter and not murder, as a psychiatric evaluation in October under the sentence reduction initiative 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's body 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. His sister Alicia Gilzene was charged with misprision of felony.

Meanwhile medical assistant Lorna Williamson, who pleaded guilty to snatching a day-old baby from the University Hospital of the West Indies in St Andrew last December, escaped a prison sentence.

Williamson, 47, was sentenced to three years' probation with psychiatric counseling.

In handing down the sentence, Justice Martin Gayle said the 47-year-old woman needs treatment. The woman's attorney had earlier requested a non-custodial sentence.

Williamson was charged with child stealing last year after the baby was found in her possession in Rollington Town on the same day the newborn disappeared. The baby girl was taken from a cot that was adjacent to her mother's bed on Ward 11 at the hospital.

Sentencing for the man who admitted to killing the Moncrieffe's Patio Shop owner earlier this year was postponed.

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. His sentencing was postponed until January 30, 2018.

When the matter was called up, the court was told that the social enquiry report was not ready.

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 pleaded guilty in October as part of the sentence reduction initiative, which provides the platform for individuals to enter a guilty plea and benefit from up to a 50 per cent reduction on their sentence, according to the provisions of the Criminal Justice Administration Amendment Act 2015.

The programme, which had its first installment on May 22, is being implemented by the Criminal Case Management Steering Committee, which has as its mandate the implementation of policies and strategies geared towards the administration of justice in a timely manner in all the island's courts.

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