By Stevenson Manners
THG Network (May 16, 2017)) — Nearly four months after the London Privy Council heard the matter of Warrington Phillip vs the Director of Public Prosecutions (SKN) on January 19, 2017, a decision was rendered in a 10-page judgement on Tuesday, May 16.
The case brought by Phillip, 48, was dismissed, and the former Nevis and Leeward Islands cricketer will therefore have to spend the rest of his life behind bars.
In November 2008, Phillip was convicted of murdering his estranged wife, Shermelle (26), in her car which was parked in the yard of her Brown Hill home on Feb. 16, 2007. Her throat was cut from ear to ear. The judge ordered a psychiatric and social evaluation, and Phillip was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on December 12, 2008.
Prior to the Jan. 19, 2017 appeal to the Court of last resort, Phillip had exhausted all other options of having his conviction overturned, having made two appeals to the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal, both of which were dismissed.
According to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council case detail, the law lords, Lady Halee, Lord Reed, Lord Carnwath, Lord Hughes, and Lord Hodge were to determine “whether bad character evidence was wrongfully admitted, whether the judge failed to properly direct the jury on how to treat the bad character evidence, and whether the appellant was wrongfully deprived of a good character direction, whether the appellant’s conviction was unsafe because of his own counsel’s incompetence, and whether the judge failed to properly direct the jury on DNA evidence.
There were no eyewitnesses to the murder, and the Crown’s case against the appellant depended solely on circumstantial evidence and DNA evidence.
Witnesses testified that the appellant had a turbulent relationship with his estranged wife, and to seeing his vehicle parked close to his wife’s house on the evening of her death.
The DNA results from the appellant’s right hand logged 15 loci identical with his wife’s DNA profile.
Photo Caption: (sourced photo) Warrington Phillip
Photo Caption: (sourced photo) The late Shermelle Phillip