Closure has finally come to the murder of well-known businesswoman Marjorie Laurian Redhead who was killed on January, 3, 2012.
The accused, Kevin Morris of Calabash Ally, Grand Mal St. George’s was given a 20-year jail sentence on Tuesday by High Court judge, Justice Shiraz Aziz in the No.1 high court.
The 60-year old Redhead who resided at Parade, St. George’s operated Lourina Tiles & Lights at Woodlands, St. George’s.
Redhead was reportedly killed on the day in which she was due to hold a staff meeting to discuss theft of items at the business place on December 20, 2011.
Information surfaced that the accused drove near to the apartment of the businesswoman and offered her a lift to work on the fatal day.
When Redhead did not show up for work the police was alerted.
Later that morning Morris reportedly called his workplace and indicated that his vehicle had broken down and that he was on a bus making his way to work.
Senior Crown Counsel in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Howard Pinnock gave the court a chronological account of the investigations carried out by the Criminal Investigation Department which lead to the discovery of Redhead’s body along the shoreline at Quarantine Point in St. George’s.
Morris is said to have confessed to the investigators on January 6 that he had picked up Redhead from her home on the morning of January 3rd and the issue of the missing items at the business place came up in their conversation.
He claimed to have told Redhead that he will pay for the things that he stole from the business outlet.
According to the murder suspect, there was a struggle between the two of them and he gave her two cuffs on the head that knocked her out.
Morris drove the vehicle into the Quarantine area and dumped the body down an incline near the sea.
When the police discovered the body, it had sixteen injuries on it.
A post-mortem that was conducted concluded that the cause of death was traumatic shock.
In delivering judgement in the case, Justice Aziz offered Morris a discount on the sentence but ordered him to engage in anger management, and hard thinking skills courses at the Richmond Hill prison under the supervision of Social Services for a period of two years.
According to the judge, the Supervisors would have to present the court with a report after six months.
Justice Aziz expressed the hope that the sentence would send the message that crimes destroy many lives, and that people should act responsibly, and to think about their actions.
Morris who is now 25 years old, first spent 11 months on remand at Her Majesty’s Prisons, and pleaded guilty to the charge of murder on May 5th 2016.
The High Court judge lamented the fact that it took so long for the case to come to a conclusion.
Justice Aziz described Redhead as an industrious and much-loved woman and it was an extremely sad and unfortunate way in which she met her death.