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Jun 15, 2016

Burrell Boom Man is Freed of the Murder of Samuel Price

Shane Gillett

A decision was handed down this morning, in respect of the murder of eighty-four year Samuel Price, the brother of the late father of the nation George Price. Thirty-year old Shane Gillett of Burrell Boom is said to have confessed to his neighbour then given police a caution statement in late 2011, five months after Price was found dead in his bathroom with multiple head eyes injuries and numerous fractures to the skull. But did he really confess to the murder without any form of inducement or pressure?  In the ruling handed down, Judge Adolph Lucas carefully laid out his findings and while he accepted some of the prosecution’s evidence against Gillett, he rejected other parts. In his opening statement, Judge Lucas noted a crowbar found at the scene, and that the analysis did not connect Gillett to the murder.   And after he regurgitated the prosecution case of how Price met his death, Judge Lucas noted that Gillett’s finger prints were not compared to those found at the scene and that that left many unanswered questions. But he was also of the view that the prosecution was not forthright in its disclosure, in that the fingerprints could have been sent out for testing, but the results were not disclosed.   In the end, he ruled that while he believed Gillett gave police a caution statement confessing to the murder, he did not believe he gave it willingly and this is why he was acquitted of murder. The case began in May and concluded on June seventh. In that period, Gillett would appear optimistic about the outcome in the sensational murder trial in which he was accused of breaking into Price’s home, beating him up with a crowbar found at the scene and leaving him to die.  Judge Lucas also rejected a statement by Natalie Hyde, Gillett’s neighbour, describing it as inconsistent and unreliable. Hyde purportedly told the police that Gillett told her that he was involved in the killing of an old man by the Haulover Bridge. It took the police department five months to compile the file after a number of arrests prior to Gillett’s.  Police removed the lifeless body of Price on April eighteenth, 2011 from his house where he lived alone. The case of Price was represented by three crown counsels of the D.P.P.: leading prosecutor Porsha Staine assisted by Sherigne Rodriguez and Janelle Tillett. Attorney Leeroy Banner defended Gillett.

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