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Commissioner lauds investigators on conviction of murderers

Published:Monday | February 22, 2016 | 2:00 AM
Dr Carl Williams, commissioner of police.

Commissioner of Police Dr Carl Williams has commended the investigating officers in two separate murder cases that occurred in 2012 and 2013, following the conviction of the two men who were sentenced on February 18 and 19 in the Westmoreland Circuit Court.

Reports are that on November 16, 2012, at about 11:20 a.m., 36-year-old Tescia Johnson of Canaan Mountain, Westmoreland, was chopped to death by a man with whose common-law-wife she had a dispute.

The accused, Gilbert Wilson, was apprehended on November 17 and was charged following an interview.

Wilson was convicted of murder on February 11, 2016 in the Westmoreland Circuit Court and was yesterday sentenced to life imprisonment, with eligibility for parole after eight years.

In the second incident, Andrew Cleghorn, otherwise called 'Ginger', was convicted for the January 29, 2013 murder of 37-year-old Paul Hines, a farmer of Ashton district in the parish.

Reports are that at about 8:30 p.m., Hines was among patrons at a shop in his community when Cleghorn entered and stabbed him in the chest with a knife. Cleghorn fled the scene and, following investigations, was arrested and charged on March 03, 2013.

He was sentenced in the Westmoreland Circuit Court on Thursday, February 18 to life imprisonment and will be eligible for parole after fifteen years.

"The officers displayed great commitment to their tasks and put together solid cases which resulted in the convictions of the two accused. These murders were committed in 2012 and 2013, yet the officers never gave up. The remarkable energy utilised by those involved must be applauded. I am fortified by their efforts and this must be a wake-up call to dissuade persons from committing crimes.

"We remain relentless in our pursuit in bringing criminals to justice. Congratulations to the devoted and proficient officers involved in this investigation," said Commissioner Williams.