Murderer sentenced to death, cronies get life

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ANDRE Reid, also called ‘Chadwick Gordon’, who was found guilty of the macabre murders of two women, was today sentenced to death in the High Court.

His accomplices, Desmond Kennedy , Marlon Duncan and Carlton Heath were given life sentences. They were told by Justice Gloria Smith that they will have to serve 35 years before being eligible for parole.

The prosecution successfully argued that the men abducted three women from a bar at Newport West at night and robbed them, before taking them to the football field in the area where they were brutally gang-raped by a number of men.

Two of the three women were shot and killed and their bodies dumped in a sewage pit on premises belonging to the National Water Commission along Marcus Garvey Drive.

The men thought they had killed the third woman, who managed to climb out of the pit. She later identified the men and testified against them during the two-week trial.

The bodies of the other two women — Catherine Webb and Simone Vernon, one of whom died leaving behind a child — were never found.

The murders are believed to be reprisals for the killing of a man in the Greenwich Town community.

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