16 years for St Mary constable who killed common-law wife
Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator
Police Constable Mario Dixon, who pleaded guilty to killing his common-law wife has been sentenced to 16 years imprisonment.
Constable Dixon pleaded guilty to manslaughter after being originally charged with murder.
In handing down sentencing in the Home Circuit Court today Justice Marjorie Cole-Smith ordered that Constable Dixon undergo anger counseling while in prison.
The judge had originally sentenced him to 20 years but the policeman’s lawyer Ernest Smith pleaded for the sentence to be reduced based on the circumstances of the case.
Smith was suggesting 10 years but that was dismissed by the judge.
It is reported that on May 14 the policeman and his common-law wife Jenese Burrell had an argument at their home in Islington, St Mary.
It is further report that during the altercation Dixon pulled a gun and opened fire shooting Burrell twice in the head.
She died on the spot.
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