Murder accused Sherman Webb walked out of the High Court in Roseau smiling and waving at media reporters after being found guilty of killing Barbadian national Corey Poleon.
Webb, who had been on trial for the past eight days, told the High Court on Thursday that he was not guilty of murdering his Bajan friend.
According to Webb, Poleon came to visit him in August 2009 to conduct a ceremony which would enable him to receive his own guardian spirit.
He told the court that he came to know Poleon via an online occult chat line in 2007.
He quoted the Barbadian as saying that he was only there to cross reference what he had learned in church but his interest grew from mild curiosity to active involvement.
He’s said to have expressed interest in obtaining his own guardian spirit in February 2009 when he first visited Webb in Dominica, after reading up on information provided to him by Webb.
According to the accused, Poleon returned to Dominica again in August and two days after his arrival they went up to a small house in River Clear to conduct the ceremony.
Webb described the events which took place inside the wooden abode.
“My guardian spirit began moving around me causing the smoke to move around me in a circular manner and Corey became frightened and made a step back, he then said he wanted to stop and I explained to him that we already had ‘Astaroth’ here and in order to stop we had to send him back. He consented,” the accused told the court.
Webb continued on to say that Astaroth began making a boisterous noise at which his guardian spirit began moving even faster causing the smoke to move quicker which resulted in Corey becoming more frightened.
“Poleon’s fright caused him to step out of the circle and by the time I noticed he was slightly slumped with his head tilted back and he was looking at me with the white of his eyes. I realised he was either dead or now fully possessed by Astaroth,” the accused said.
Webb claimed that allowing Corey to remain in the circle partially, made him a bridge for the demon to get into the circle and in keeping with what he was taught had to get him out of the circle.
He then proceeded to use a cutlass he claimed that he used to clear the track to the house and struck Poleon twice jamming him out of the circle.
According to him he proceeded to bury the body after “banishing the spirits”, digging the hole with an old saucepan and cleaning the scene.
Webb in his final statements said “I do not agree that I killed Corey. He was a friend of mine.”
Poleon’s mother Denise Gilkes told reporters prior to the guilty verdict “I know my son, I know him he did nothing wrong.”
She also dismissed Webb’s story about her son wanting to get involved in the occult.
When asked how the verdict will affect her, Gilkes responded “I cannot condemn him but God’s vengeance is better than mine I will leave him in the hands of God and the jury.”
Justice Birnie Stephenson Brookes has ordered a pre-sentencing report, a medical evaluation of the accused and submissions on sentencing by counsel.
Webb will be sentenced 20 July, 2012 at the Roseau High Court.
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