St. Ann cop, sister sentenced to life for taximan’s murder
A St Ann policeman and his sister, who were convicted of the 2012 murder of taxi operator Delroy Frame, were sentenced to life imprisonment in the St James Circuit Court yesterday.
Constable Jeffery Peart, who was previously convicted in the St Ann Circuit Court on November 19, will not be eligible for parole for 35 years, while his sister, Roxanne Peart, can seek release in 16 years.
Their case had been transferred to the St James Circuit Court for sentencing.
The policeman and his sister were arrested after Frame's headless body was found in Wild Cane district in Cave Valley, St Ann, on May 19, 2012. During their trial, which commenced on October 22, 2014, the prosecution called 28 witnesses.
phone call as evidence
"The prosecution relied on a series of phone calls, starting from May 17, 2012, between Ms Peart and Mr Frame," High Court Justice Courtney Day remarked, in reviewing the evidence that had led to the siblings' conviction.
On May 19, 2012, approximately 9:40 p.m., the St Ann police received reports that a car was on fire in the Wild Cane area. Checks were made and the burnt chassis of a station wagon motor car, belonging to Frame, was discovered. A headless body, later identified as that of Frame, was found approximately one mile away.
At the time of his death, Frame, who hailed from Logwood district in Hanover, was a complainant in an anti-corruption case against Constable Peart, who reportedly sought to solicit cash amounting to $30,000 from him following a traffic accident between the deceased man's car and the policeman's vehicle.
A sting operation was set up, in which Constable Peart was seen collecting the balance of $20,000 from the deceased.
Peart was subsequently arrested and placed on suspension from the Jamaica Constabulary Force on April 5, 2012.