Sunday 29 March, 2020

Life sentence for elderly vendor who stabbed ex-lover 20 times in Ochi

An elderly man who was charged with fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend 20 times during a dispute in Ocho Rios, St Ann in 2016, has been sentenced to life imprisonment.

Norman Thomas, also called ‘Ned’, a then 58-year-old vendor of James Avenue, Ocho Rios, was charged with the murder of 22-year-old loan clerk, Kyria Nelson, of Pimento Walk near Ocho Rios.

Now 61, Thomas pleaded guilty to the charge in court and was sentenced by High Court Judge, Justice Martin Gayle, on Thursday.

Thomas was ordered to serve 15 years in prison before being eligible for parole consideration.

He received discounts for having pleaded guilty, and also for the time he spent in custody on remand.

It is was reported that Thomas and Nelson had been intimately involved, but she ended the relationship.

Further reports are that on June 29, 2016, at about 8am, Thomas went to a plaza in Ocho Rios where Nelson was employed.

An argument developed between the two, and Thomas subsequently used a knife to stab Nelson multiple times.

Nelson, while covered in blood, ran to a beauty salon on the plaza, where she collapsed.

She was assisted to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Thomas was subsequently arrested by the police and charged with murder.

A post-mortem report revealed that 20 stab wounds were found on Nelson's body.

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