Convict’s girlfriend freed of alleged role in murder of elderly couple | Loop Jamaica

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Nekia Thompson, the girlfriend of Fabian Skervin who was convicted for the 2018 murder of a Jamaican-Canadian couple, Melbourne and Etta Flakes, in Retreat, St Thomas, has been freed of murder charges relative to the incident.

The prosecution offered no evidence against the St Thomas woman when the case was heard in the Supreme Court on Friday.

Prior to her being freed, prosecutors told the court that fingerprint analysis did not place Thompson at the crime scene, and Skervin had denied that he gave a jailhouse confession implicating her.

The convict and Thompson have a child together, the court was informed.

On Thursday, Skervin was sentenced to life imprisonment on both counts of murder after having pleaded guilty to the crimes.

Both sentences are to run concurrently, and he is to serve 32 years and four months before being eligible for parole consideration.

Court records showed that Melbourne Flake, 81, and his 70-year-old wife, Etta, were found dead at their vacation home in St Thomas on January 9, 2018. Melbourne, whose hands and feet were bound, was observed to have sustained head wounds, while his wife, who was similarly bound, had been suffocated.

Following intense police investigations, Skervin and his female companion were collared at a house in Seaforth Housing Scheme in the parish. They were each subsequently charged with two counts of murder and robbery with aggravation.

Earlier this year, Skervin pleaded guilty to two counts of murder following a psychiatric evaluation which established that he was fit to plead.

The Flakes, who were visiting Jamaica at the time of their murders, had been carrying out work on their vacation home and had hired Skervin, among others, to work on the property.