squeaky George Gets 20 Years for Role in Murder

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By Lesroy W. Williams Observer Reporter
(Basseterre, St. Kitts) – Shervin “Squeaky” George was sentenced to 20 years in prison after being found guilty of accessory after the fact to murder for his role in helping to dispose of Michelle Weekes-Benjamin’s body in a septic tank. Mrs. Weekes-Benjamin was murdered by William Benjamin in October, 2006, at her Carifesta Village home in St. Peters. The sentence was handed down Dec. 3 by Justice Francis Belle. Justice Belle had requested a social enquiry report for ‘squeaky” before he was sentenced. A 12-member jury, seven women and five men, took less than two hours of deliberations on Oct. 24 to deliver a unanimous verdict of guilty for both Mr. George and Mr. Benjamin. Mr. Benjamin was found guilty of the murder of Mrs. Weekes-Benjamin and his sentencing hearing is expected to begin on Dec. 17 after a social and psychiatric enquiry report. Chief Prosecutor Sir Richard Cheltenham QC, argued that “Squeaky” had intimate knowledge of the building site where Mrs. Weekes-Benjamin’s body was disposed because he went there frequently, while work was in progress, to beg for cigarettes. He lived in an alley close to Rosemary Lane. “Squeaky should have called the police or the mortician, since he was dealing with a corpse,” Prosecutor Cheltenham said. Mrs. Weekes-Benjamin’s body was dumped in the septic tank of a three-story building under construction at Rosemary Lane, Basseterre. She went missing on Oct. 30, 2006. Her body was found three days later wrapped in a multi-coloured sheet with hands and feet bound, mouth covered with duct tape and a plastic over her face. Barbados Forensic Pathologist, Dr. Stephen Jones, conducted a post mortem on Nov. 3, 2006, and said that she died from “asphyxia secondary to smothering”. According to Dr. Jones, her eyes were bulging, tongue protruding, lips swollen, body bloated and she showed signs of moderate advanced decomposition. Mr. Benjamin, in a statement that he gave to the police, admitted to smothering Mrs. Weekes-Benjamin. His own statement was used in court to convict him. In a statement to the police on Nov. 7, Mr. Benjamin called “Squeaky’s” name as one of two persons who helped him to dispose of Mrs. Weekes-Benjamin’s body. However, when he took the witness stand, he denied that “Squeaky” had anything to do with it. “Squeaky” also denied that he had anything to do with it. “I was not at Carifesta Village on the 29th or 30th of October 2006. I did not assist William Benjamin in disposing of the body and mattress of Michelle Weeke’s. I did not impede anybody’s arrest,” he said.””” However, when Mr. George was arrested and charged for murder he said to the police, “Mi charge ain’t suppose to be so big if I give a hand.”

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