Coroner’s jury deliver unlawful killing, suicide verdicts in couple’s deaths

The scene of February 2014's murder-suicide in Bodden Town. Photo: Brent Fuller
The scene of February 2014's murder-suicide in Bodden Town. Photo: Brent Fuller

A coroner’s jury in the inquest into the deaths of Nichelle Anna-Kay Thomas and Devon Roy Campbell on Friday found Ms. Thomas was unlawfully killed and died of multiple chop wounds, while her boyfriend Mr. Campbell committed suicide by hanging himself.

Coroner Eileen Nervik emphasized that in a case of unlawful killing, it was not open to the jury to find anyone guilty.

The inquest began on Monday, with evidence concluding by Wednesday. The coroner summed up the case and instructed the jurors Friday morning.

The bodies of the couple were found at the Bodden Town home of her employer on Sunday morning, Feb. 9, 2014.

During evidence in the inquest, it emerged that Ms. Thomas, 21, had suffered physical and mental abuse at the hands of Mr. Campbell, 39. The jury heard from three police officers who had responded to calls to the couple’s home on separate occasions, but no reports of domestic violence were filed with a Central Referral Unit.

For more on this story, see Monday’s Cayman Compass.

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