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Portland man gets life imprisonment for ex-banker's murder

Published:Thursday | December 17, 2015 | 8:56 AMBarbara Gayle Justice Coordinator

The Portland man convicted of the 2009 murder of 61-year-old retired banker Herbert Salicram has been sentenced to life imprisonment and must serve 40 years before he becomes eligible for parole.

Justice Martin Gayle yesterday sentenced 30-year-old Clive Thompson of Manchioneal saying he must serve a long prison time for the gruesome killing.

Salicram was at home in 2009 when a family member alerted him to some strange sounds at the door.

The ex-banker went to investigate when two masked men armed with knives forced open the door and stabbed him several times before stealing a number of household items and money. 

They then poured kerosene all over Salicram and the house and set them ablaze.

Salicram's body was burnt beyond recognition.

The Crown, represented by deputy director of public prosecutions, Sharon Millwood Moore, led evidence at the trial in the Home Circuit Court that there was a plot to rob Salicram.

A witness testified that he was a part of the plot, but on the day of the incident he got "cold feet" and did not go with the accused and the other man.

The jury retired for less than an hour before returning the guilty verdict.

The prosecution had asked for the death penalty, but the judge said the crime did not fall within that category.

Salicram worked with the Bank of Nova Scotia for many years before he retired to do farming in Portland.