Dr Proctor goes to jail in Jamaica

| 03/02/2010

Cayman Islands News, World News, Dr George Proctor(CNS): Renowned botanist George Proctor, the author of Flora of the Cayman Islands, was given a four-year prison sentence on Tuesday, 2 February, for conspiring to kill his 69-year-old wife and three other women who lived in the couple’s home in Jamaica. During the trial, the court was told that Proctor wanted his wife dead because she was allegedly unfaithful to him, among other things. Judge Gloria Smith sentenced the ailing 89-year-old US-born botanist after he and his chauffeur, 46-year-old Glenmore Fillington, were convicted last week for conspiring to kill the women.

Prosecutors said Proctor gave his co-conspirator $90,000 to kill the women in April 2006, but Jamaican police arrested him at the capital’s airport ashe was about to board a plane to the United States. Proctor’s wife of 30 years and the three women, whose identities and relationship to the couple have never been released by authorities, were not harmed.

According to the Jamaica Observer, Fellington was sentenced to six years behind bars for his part in the plot. During the hour-long sentence hearing in the Home Circuit Court, Proctor, a former University of the West Indies lecturer, hung his head throughout the proceedings and even shed tears intermittently, as his colleagues from the university and former co-workers at the Institute of Jamaica looked on, the Observer said. Fellington threw himself to the floor and wept, "Oh, God!" causing a female relative to cry loudly in court.

Proctor and Fellington were convicted of four counts of conspiracy to murder on January 27. Both men were placed on trial, stemming from allegations that they had hired a man to commit the murders. The plot was hatched over diverse dates between 1 February 2006 and 20 April 2006 and the hits were to be done for $100,000 and while Proctor was off the island. However, the ‘hitman’ reported the matter to the police and testified against the men.

Proctor’s lawyer, Tom Tavares-Finson, has given verbal notice of appeal.

For a full report, go to the Jamaica Observer.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    To refusing $100,000 in Jamaica is a big joke…………….

    Well it all depends on whether it was JA$100,000.00 or US$100,000.00. Chances are it was Jamaican currency so no wonder they refused not worth the effort – couldn’t even pay a lawyer if you ended up needing one!!!!!!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    And to think the Scientific Name of one of our National Symbols is named after him. Perhaps we should rename the Silver Thatch "Bushius Maceeverii"

  3. Anonymous says:

    Refusing $100,000 in Jamaica is a big joke.

    • 007 For Sure says:

      Was that JAMAICA dollars or US caause $100,000 JA wont last long not at the price they useing now.

  4. Anonymous says:

    This goes to show how all kind of folks can come to Cayman and be treated like Royals. This man was held in the highest of esteem by many so called big sh-ts. All you need to have is some dollars and that makes you somebody.

    • Anonymous says:

      While he is now a criminal, it doesn’t mean that he can’t also be the most knowledgeable person of Cayman flora in the world. 

      • Anonymous says:

        Just hope that he didnt leave any of his criminal knowledge in Cayman to add to what we already have.