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Vincent “Steeno” Tillett, found guilty of manslaughter Print E-mail
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Friday, 22 November 2013 00:00

vincent tillett.jpg - 62.20 KbVincent Tillett was found guilty of manslaughter on Friday, November 15th, in the stabbing death of 23-year-old Darwin Phillips. The matter had concluded 18 days earlier, but Supreme Court Justice Adolph Lucas had taken time out to consider the case. After that consideration Justice Lucas announced on Friday of last week that Tillett was guilty of manslaughter and not guilty of murder in Phillips’ death.

Phillips who was the lover of Tillett’s girlfriend was stabbed once to the chest on February 13, 2011 at a home that the accused occupied at the time with his common-law wife.

During the trial, Prosecutor, Kaysha Grant called several witnesses to testify including Denise Stuart and Oran Young. Both main witnesses, chose to give evidence contrary to their 2011 statements and she was forced to treat them as hostile witnesses. At the end of their testimonies, both their 2011 statements were tendered in as evidence. Justice Lucas also admitted a statement that Tillett had given police back in 2011 where he admitted that he stabbed Phillips.

Allegations were that on that fatal day, Tillett grabbed a knife from the kitchen of the home and stabbed Phillips once to the chest. In his defense, Tillett told the court that he was nowhere in Belize City and that he was at home in Sandhill at the time of the killing.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 November 2013 15:39