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Taxi operator sentenced to 22 years in prison for girlfriend's killing

Published:Tuesday | August 1, 2017 | 11:39 AM

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer 

A St Thomas taxi operator who admitted to killing his 19-year-old girlfriend after she indicated that she wanted to end their romantic relationship has been sentenced to 22 years in prison.

Micheston Burke, 39, was sentenced for killing his girlfriend, Anika Rose, in February 2015, one year after he completed a six-year prison sentence for wounding his previous female companion.

The sentence was handed down yesterday by High Court judge, Justice Sonia Wint Blair after Burke pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the St Thomas Circuit Court. 

Prosecutor Andrea Martin-Swaby outlined in court that the 39-year-old taxi operator and his 19-year-old female companion were involved in an intimate relationship for several months.

However, Martin-Swaby told the court that on the night of February 25, 2015 the two had an argument at Burke's home and Rose was overheard saying that she wanted to pack her things and leave.

According to the prosecutor, Rose left the home shortly after with her packed suitcase and in the company Burke.

Three days later her body was discovered in nearby bushes.

A post mortem examination revealed that she died of manual strangulation.

Martin-Swaby, a deputy director of public prosecutions, told the court that after the body was discovered the accused ingested gramazone in an attempt to kill himself.

He was later turned over to the police by family members.