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Contract killer sentenced to death

Guardian Senior Reporter

Published: Oct 11, 2013

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A judge yesterday sentenced a contract killer to death.

Anthony Clarke Sr., 48, was convicted of the September 16, 2011 shooting death of Aleus Tilus at Love Beach.

According to his confession, Clarke was paid $5,000 by an unidentified white man to murder Tilus, who had filed a complaint with the Labour Board against his employers.

Tilus, 40, was shot multiple times.

Clarke, an unmarried father of 15, did not show any remorse for the crime, according to a probation officer.

The mandatory death penalty was abolished in 2006 after the Privy Council ruled that it was unconstitutional.

According to the Privy Council, the requirements for imposing the death penalty are that the offense could be considered “the worst of the worst” and the offender is incapable of reform.

A 2011 amendment to the Criminal Procedure Code includes contract killings as a qualifying offense for the death penalty.

The sentence was handed down by Senior Supreme Court Justice Jon Isaacs.

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