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Guilty ... St Catherine man convicted of murdering ex-girlfriend after setting her on fire

Published:Friday | June 16, 2017 | 6:51 AM

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

A St Catherine man who doused his ex-girlfriend, Sanchez Clayton, with gasoline then set her on fire after showing up at her home to see her with another man has been convicted of murder.

A seven-member jury voted unanimously to find Christopher Locke, 39, guilty of the gruesome killing, which took place in Portmore, St Catherine in October 2011.

A post-mortem report revealed that the 24-year-old woman suffered burns to 84 percent of her body and died from complications caused by the extensive burns.

Locke will be sentenced next Thursday.

During the trial, there was evidence, that Locke was involved in an intimate relationship with Clayton from she was 13-year-old.

There was evidence, too, that Clayton ended the relationship three months before she killed.

Prosecutor Andrea Martin-Swaby, in outlining the case against Locke, said he showed up at the home of his former flame uninvited and unannounced on October 30, 2011 and found a man in her room.

It's reported that Locke and Clayton started fighting before the other man ran from the house.

Further, it was revealed that Locke told the woman he was going to kill her.

According to prosecutors, Locke then left the house and returned 15 minutes later with a bottle containing a liquid, believed to be gasoline, and began chasing her around the house.

When he caught up to her, prosecutors say Locke poured the liquid on the woman then used a lighter to set her on fire.

An eyewitness testified that the fire quickly engulfed the woman's entire body and a nearby room.

She was taken to hospital and died several days later.