25-year-old labourer Prince Vale of Tommy Hill district, Stony Hill, St Andrew, who was charged with the murder of Anglican priest Father Richard Johnson was given a slap on the wrist when he was sentenced to 12 years for the murder today. His defense was that the Priest tried to force him into having sexual intercourse.
Supreme Court judge, Norma McIntosh, in sentencing 24-year-old Prince Vale, told him that it was “greed” that landed him in his predicament. The judge said Prince was aware of the priest’s sexual preference.
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Court hears accused pressured for sex
The details of the alleged intimate acts that took place between a priest and the man accused of murdering him were revealed yesterday in a document which was tendered in evidence and read to the jury.
The revelation was made during the trial of 25-year-old labourer Prince Vale of Tommy Hill district, Stony Hill, St Andrew, who is charged with the murder of Anglican priest Father Richard Johnson.
The priest was fatally stabbed on the night of November 12, 2006, at the Anglican church rectory at Stony Hill.
Deputy Superintendent Roy Boyd testified in the Home Circuit Court yesterday that on November 15, 2006, he interviewed Vale. He said attorney-at-law Arthur Kitchin represented Vale during the interview that was in the form of questions and answers.
Vale said he used to go to the priest’s house and they would discuss work and Bible knowledge. He said that they would telephone each other as well.
Vale said during the interview, that on previous occasions when he went to the rectory, he and the priest watched television in the bedroom. He said they also watched ‘blue movies’.
Questioned as to whether the priest had ever said anything to him about having sex, Vale said “yes”. The accused man further said that the priest had asked him if mi could have sex with him, which he refused.
Vale told the police during the interview that on the night of the incident he went to the priest’s house sometime after 9 p.m for a pair of pants and to discuss work.
He said that when he went to the house, the priest let him in. He said that he asked the priest for a drink and it was given to him.
After he tried on the pair of pants, it could not fit and he told the priest it would be better for him to keep it.
He said that after he took off the pants the priest tried to fondle him. Father Johnson, he said, touched his penis and chest but “I told him I was not in those things”.
Vale said that the priest who was wearing a pair of shorts took it off and tried to make him touch his erect penis. Questioned further Vale said “mi put mi hand on it.” Vale said that for about three to five minutes, the priest was trying to have intercourse with him but he told him to stop.
In response to the question “why did you stab Johnson?” Vale replied “mi never want him to ….. me.” Vale said at the time when he stabbed the priest he had been lying on top of him.