LOCK, STOCK, AND BARREL ... Portmore Welder convicted of murder

June 15, 2017

A seven-member jury today found Christopher Locke guilty of murder. He was on trial for the October 2011 murder of Sanchez Clayton who died from burns sustained after her house was set ablaze.

The prosecution led evidence that Locke had threatened the deceased, with whom he had an estranged relationship. Locke, 38, a welder of Portmore, St Catherine, was accused of setting Clayton's Monza, Greater Portmore, St Catherine house ablaze while she was inside.

Clayton, 25, suffered burns all over her body. She died as a result of complications from the burns received.

Justice Stephane Jackson-Haisley spent just over one hour summing up the case before instructing the jury to consider murder, manslaughter or an acquittal.

The jury retired for two hours before returning a unanimous guilty verdict. 

Locke is to be sentence for murder next Thursday in the St Catherine Circuit Court.

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