Gibbings family: justice has been served
The family of a man murdered more than 13 years ago said that justice was done after his killers were jailed for life.
The family of Marcus Gibbings added: “There were times when we believed, in our collective grief, that we would never see this day. It has now arrived and we have moved from one stage of grief to the next — only this time in the knowledge that justice has been served.”
The statement yesterday said the family were satisfied with the sentences given to Katrina Burgess, 49, and Cleveland Rogers, 53, last Friday.
The half-brother and sister, who were found guilty in March of the 2006 brutal knife killing, will have to serve at least 25 years behind bars before they become eligible for parole.
The family said Mr Gibbings had been “young, bright and joyful”.
They added: “While we lament the extended and painful delay in bringing these two murderers to justice, we are gratified that the efforts of a wide network of friends, family, colleagues and law-enforcement operatives contributed towards this victory for the criminal justice system.
“We wish to publicly identify his friends — Gary Moreno, Michelle Musson Pierre and Nicky Stovell and others — together with his colleagues and police investigators, the team of court prosecutors and the Bermudian media that never allowed the memory of this tragedy to go away.”
Mr Gibbings, 32, was found stabbed to death in a Devonshire apartment on October 26, 2006, but more than a decade passed before anyone was charged with the killing.
Rogers was charged with the murder in July 2018 and Burgess was charged two months later.
A Supreme Court jury heard this year that Burgess and Mr Gibbings had been in a relationship until just before his death.
A witness, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, told the court that Rogers confessed he had killed Mr Gibbings on the instructions of Burgess.
She said Rogers told her Burgess had lured Mr Gibbings to the apartment, where he had ambushed him with a knife.
Rogers also told the witness that Burgess had paid him $5,000 to carry out the murder.
A second witness testified that Rogers had also confessed to her and told her that he had stabbed Mr Gibbings because the victim had “stalked” Burgess.
Rogers and Burgess denied the murder, but were found guilty by a unanimous verdict.
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