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She was killed to cover-up her pregnancy - friend

Published:Saturday | February 21, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Residents of the quiet community of Logwood in Shrewsbury, Westmoreland, say 14-year-old schoolgirl Sontoya Campbell was murdered because she refused to have an abortion after she was impregnated by her 31-year-old neighbour, Cornelius Robinson.

Robinson, who surrendered to the police after Campbell's body was found in the bed of the Cabarita River on Tuesday, January 27, subsequently pleaded guilty to her murder in the Westmoreland Circuit Court and was sentenced to 35 years in prison on Thursday.

While the families of both the deceased and the killer, who were reportedly close, have snubbed The Gleaner's request to interview them, other members of the community were quite willing to tell what they knew on condition of anonymity.

"When she found out she was pregnant, Mark (Cornelius Robinson) wanted her to do an abortion, but she said no," said a teenage girl, who residents say was a close friend of the deceased. "She was threatening to tell her parents about the pregnancy and Mark became quite worried."

The friend is theorising that Robinson, who is married and was worried about the pregnancy news reaching his family, killed Campbell to cover up both his sexual involvement with her as well as her pregnancy.

"Mark shouldn't kill her Ö . Him is not the first man to breed a schoolgirl Ö . Him shoulda deal with her parents and work it out," continued the friend. "Look what happen now - she dead and him gone to prison."

The friend believes that Robinson's plan was to dump Campbell's body in a sinkhole in the bed of the Cabarita River, but something foiled his plans.

"There is a deep hole in that section of the river Ö . If he had managed to get the body into that hole, nobody would have ever found it," the friend said.

"She was a good girl and she never deserved a death like that."

A post-mortem examination revealed that Campbell's death was due to strangulation. The post-mortem also revealed that she was pregnant at the time of her death.