Prosecution seeks death penalty for trigger man in murder of Paulwell’s daughter and her mother

The prosecution has indicated that it will be seeking the death penalty for alleged trigger man David Smith who is charged with the murder of politician Phillip Paulwell’s ten-month-old daughter, Sarayah and her mother 27-year-old Toshyna Patterson.

The prosecution served notice on Smith of its intention to seek the death penalty when the case came before the Home Circuit Court in Kingston on Wednesday.

The notice was read in court by director of public prosecutions Paula Llewellyn.

Smith, and his co- accused 34- year-old United States petty officer Leoda Bradshaw, her cousin Roland Balfour and Bjon Black appeared before Justice Vinette Graham Allen on charges of murder and kidnapping.

The crown is alleging that Patterson and her child were abducted from their home on Gilmour Drive in St Andrew on September 9, 2023.

They were taken to East Kingston where they were fatally shot and their bodies burnt.

It is being alleged that Bradshaw who was in an intimate relationship with Paulwell is the mastermind behind the double murder.

Two of the co-accused Roshane Miller and Richard Brown pleaded guilty last year November.

Miller was sentenced to seven years and ten months imprisonment each for Conspiracy to Kidnap, accessory before the fact to murder and two counts of Misprison of Felony.

Brown is now serving 30 years’ imprisonment for the double murder.


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