Brother and Sister get 88years for murder and arson

SIBLINGS Jamelia and Javone Leslie, who had pleaded guilty to the gruesome murder of a woman and her two young children in Mavis Bank, St Andrew, last July, have been sentenced to a total of 88 years in prison.

According to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP), the siblings were sentenced on May 31 to 36 years for the murder of Kasheif Jackson; 21 years for the murder of Jackson’s two-year-old child, Aviere Williams; 21 years for the murder of seven-day-old Aranza Williams; and 10 years for arson.

The sentences are to run concurrently.

At the sentencing hearing, Justice Lorna Shelly Williams remarked that this was one of the worst cases that she has seen, the ODPP said in a news release.

Giving the background of the case, the ODPP said that on July 18, 2018 about 10:15 am, Jackson and her two children were found dead inside their home covered with evidence of burning and soot. There was no sign of forced entry.

“The post-mortem examination revealed that the deceased received several stab wounds to the face, chest, abdomen, arms, and neck. However, the cause of death was stab wounds inflicted to the neck and smoke inhalation. The cause of the death for the deceased’s two children was determined to be smoke inhalation,” the State prosecutor said.

At the time of the murders Jamelia Leslie was a 27-year-old quality control inspector and mother to a four-year-old child. Jackson was a 29-year-old mother of four. The two children who died and the now convicted woman’s child shared the same father, Arnel Williams.