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Llewellyns offer words of comfort

Published:Tuesday | April 19, 2011 | 12:00 AM
Keinon Shaw

Livern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

Some relatives of Corporal Wayne Llewellyn, the policeman who killed four members of his estranged wife's family and then committed suicide, have sought to console the relatives of those killed in yesterday's triple murder-suicide in Melrose Mews, Manchester.

"The family of the police lady (Woman Corporal Bevon Hutchinson- Anderson) ... I can just imagine what they are going through. If I could give them, a message, I would tell them, be strong," said Nicola Llewellyn.

Two weeks ago, Wayne, her uncle, went on a murderous rampage in Three Hills, St Mary, killing his mother-in-law, father-in-law, stepdaughter and brother-in-law.

Yesterday, Osbourne Whitton, an ex-police sergeant, killed three persons - Hutchinson-Anderson, her 12-year-old son, Keinon Shaw, and her son's father, Rohan Shaw - in Manchester, before turning the gun on himself.

"I can just imagine what the (ex-) policeman's family is going through, because I am going through the same thing," Nicole told The Gleaner.

Corporal Llewellyn's older brother, Simeon, was in disbelief over the short time between the two multiple murder-suicides. He has encouraged the families of those killed yesterday not to blame themselves for the action of the ex-cop.

"Who can say what is going to happen next? We don't have any control over what people do," Simeon told The Gleaner.

"I know it is tough. I know what you are going through, but it is done. There is nothing you can do about it now, so just accept it and move on, because that exactly what I did," he added.


Meanwhile, Nicola recalls being at work after her uncle's murder-suicide, when one of her sisters called and told her that she was at the hospital with Joan Llewellyn and she wanted to speak to her.

Joan, now widow of Wayne, survived the Three Hills attack. She was shot in the neck and has been paralysed from the waist down.

"I just started crying, 'Auntie Joan, Auntie Joan', and she said to me, 'Stop the crying, you hear me crying'," Nicola recalled.

Nicola said she sought to apologise to Joan for her uncle's actions, when she was again shut down.

"She said, 'What are you sorry about, you didn't do anything.' I broke down after that because I was so relieved. I thought that she wouldn't even want to see me, much less talk to me, again."

Nicola has praised Joan for her strength, pointing out that members of her own family were having a tough time trying to come to terms with Wayne's actions.