Sophia man jailed for 12 years over killing of neighbour

Roger Pilgrim who was on trial for the 2011 murder of his neighbour Shane Rowley was yesterday handed a 12-year sentence after being found guilty of the lesser count of manslaughter.

Pilgrim was accused of killing Rowley in January 2011 after a long-standing feud over the use of a passageway in ‘A’ Field Sophia.

He was on trial before a 12-member jury and Justice Dawn Gregory in the High Court.

In his caution statement, Pilgrim had admitted to stabbing Rowley twice. He said he was sleeping

Shane Rowley
Shane Rowley

when his younger brother woke him up and told him to look through the window.

He said he saw Rowley, with a big chain in his hands, saying that nobody was allowed out of the yard.

He said Rowley and his brother Sherwin had a confrontation and he sent his mother out to see what was happening. He recalled seeing Rowley shove his mother and he immediately went out.

He said he was lashed across his back with the chain by Rowley, and he retaliated by picking up a knife that was close by.

Pilgrim stated that Rowley attacked him and he, in defence, knifed him in his neck and abdomen. He added that he disposed of the knife and left the yard.

Attorneys Natasha Backer and Mercedes Thompson presented the state’s case, while Pilgrim was represented by attorney Hukumchand.

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