CHARLESTOWN, Nevis - WAYNE ‘SPYER’ CHAPMAN, the man who was charged and convicted for the murder of 45-year-old Shirley Dawn Morton of Hanley’s Road, Gingerland, was sentenced to 27 years imprisonment.
According to a police press release, the 57-year-old Chapman was found guilty of the murder charge by a majority verdict on December 9, 2022 and was sentenced on January 25, 2023 to serve 27 years at Her Majesty’s Prison.
His sentence is to however commence from the time he was remanded some five years ago.
At approximately 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 21, 2018, police in Gingerland had responded to a report at Buck Hill and, on arrival at the scene at the scene, they found the lifeless body of a female in a house.
On the following day, police indicated in a press release that the victim was Morton, whose body had visible injuries to the head and she was pronounced dead at the scene by Dr. Chandy Jacobs.
On January 23 of that year, police informed that a post mortem was conducted on Mortom’s remains by Forensic Pathologist, Dr. Valery Alexandrov, who determined that the cause of death was “multiple blunt force trauma to the head”.
It was claimed that Morton was Chapman’s girlfriend and her lifeless body was found in his Buck Hill home.
Subsequently, police has sought the public’s assistance as to the whereabouts of “a person of interest”, notably Chapman.
Police had taken him into custody after he was found in Taylor’s Pasture, Gingerland on the morning of Tuesday, January 23, 2018.