Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Coudray satisfied with life sentence

Minister of Local Government Marlene Coudray has expressed satisfaction with the life sentence handed down to Jamaican taxi driver Ivan Taylor.

Taylor was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Coudray’s daughter, school teacher Michelle Coudray-Greaves.

Coudray was in Jamaica for the sentencing on Wednesday.

She told reporters: “I am a lot relieved, but still stressed because I do not have my daughter and her children are still without their mother.”

Coudray said she was comfortable with the verdict and sentencing.

“People were intensely following the case in Trinidad and people expressed pleasure that, within two years, we were able to get the verdict,” she said. 

“The way the team pulled together, the police and the Director of Public Prosecutions, everyone did their part to get this case to trial.” 

Taylor was convicted by a 12-member jury on May 22 for the murder of Coudray-Greaves, whose burnt remains were found in a Montego Bay cane field in June 2012. 

Taylor operated as an on-call taxi driver for the Trinidadian, who at one time taught at Cornwall College in Montego Bay. 

In passing sentence at the St James Circuit Court, Justice Courtney Daye told Taylor that Coudray-Greaves trusted him and nothing could erase what he did. 

Daye ordered that Taylor serve a minimum 30 years before becoming eligible for parole.