Man to spend 15 years behind bars for 2008 Agricola murder

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Two weeks after being found guilty of murdering Melissa Payne who was killed during the course of a robbery at the Agricola Public Road on November 5, 2008,  Jermain Savory was this morning (Monday) sentenced to 15 years imprisonment by High Court judge James Bovell-Drakes.

MURDERED: Melissa Payne

Despite proclaiming his innocence, the 12-member jury had unanimously found the 30-year-old father of one guilty after the weeks-long trial. The State’s case was that Savory – in the company of at least one other person, allegedly murdered Payne after the woman and her reputed husband, John Fraser, had stopped at Agricola on their way to Georgetown in an effort to correct a mechanical fault of the Canter truck, in which they were travelling.

JAILED: Jermaine Savory

Reports back then were that while Fraser was attending to the vehicle around 08:30h on the day in question, armed bandits approached them. Fraser managed to escape, but 27-year-old Payne, from Den Amstel, West Coast Demerara, was eventually shot and killed after she held on to her bag.

The court was told today that the deceased woman loved gardening.

Savory spent almost 10 years awaiting trial which Justice Bovell-Drakes considered before handing down the sentence. 

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