By John Denny
(Charlestown) – Murder suspect Warrington Phillips of Jessups had his case bound over until the November assizes by the High Court Justice Francis Bell last week.
Mr. Phillips is accused of brutally murdering his wife, Shermelle Williams-Phillips, on February 16, 2007. He has pleaded not guilty to the charge
Mr. Phillips was taken into custody just hours after his wife’s body was discovered. He was at Alexandra Hospital seeking treatment for a mental breakdown and a doctor at the hospital called the police.
Mrs. Williams-Phillips was found dead in her car at her Brown Hill home with multiple stab wounds to her neck, face and hands. A neighbor discovered the body when curious about her car lights being on.
The victim’s father is the popular calypsonian Keith ‘King Dis N’ Dat’ Scarborough.
According to family members, the relationship was one of repeated physical and emotional abuse which had caused Mrs. Williams-Phillips to flee from their Jessup’s home and return to the Brown Hill house they had once shared. Mr.Scarborough alleged that on several different occasions throughout the marriage, police had been summoned after Mr. Phillips had battered his wife.
Police later confirmed receiving a complaint from the victim that her life had been threatened by her estranged husband. Until charged with murder, Mr. Phillips had no criminal record on the island of Nevis.