The man who was convicted for the murder of former Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller’s previous close protection officer has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Veron Irving was sentenced recently in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston for murder and Robbery with Aggravation.

The sentences were handed down by Presiding Judge, Justice Evan Brown.

Stevian Simmonds reports

Irving has been sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for the offence of Robbery with Aggravation and 25 years imprisonment for Murder.

Both sentences are to run concurrently.

At the conclusion of the trial late last year, a seven member jury had returned a unanimous verdict for the offences of Robbery with Aggravation and Murder of Sergeant Egerton Brown.

Irving will serve 15 years before being eligible for parole.

Justice Brown in handing down the sentence considered the 12 years Irving had already spent in custody.

The Prosecution in the trial had marshalled evidence that on September 6, 2007 at about 7 in the evening, Sergeant Brown was killed while he was visiting his girlfriend’s home on Sundown Crescent in St. Andrew.

Sergeant Brown and his girlfriend were sitting in his yellow Nissan Lucino car when they were pounced upon by the offender and another man known only as ‘Tyson’.

Brown and his girlfriend were ordered to exit the car.

The men then proceeded to rob Brown of his car, cell phone and cash.

During the robbery, a struggle ensued between the offender and Sergeant Brown at which point his girlfriend ran from the scene.

The accused and his crony then robbed Brown of his licensed Glock 17 9-milli-metre pistol and used it to shoot him.

The offender and his crony fled the scene in Brown’s car and abandoned it close by at a place called ‘No Man’s Land’ on Bay Farm Road.

Sometime later, Brown’s girlfriend returned to the scene and took him to the Kingston Public Hospital where he died.

The Prosecution called 19 witnesses during the trial.

A witness for the Prosecution gave evidence that some days after the killing of Sergeant Brown, the offender admitted to shooting “Portia’s bodyguard.”

DNA evidence at trial was also used by the Prosecution to place the offender at the scene.

The DNA recovered from Brown’s vehicle and mouth matched the DNA sample taken from the offender with his consent.

The defence refuted all claims and the offender chose to remain silent at trial calling only one character witness.