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Vincy man who knifed Jamaican wife to death jailed for 6 ½ years

- judge said murderer was remorseful, was provoked & had shown exemplary behaviour while on remand
Lennox F. Da Silva aka Ocho (centre) being led from the Magistrate’s Court back in June 12, 2017. Photo: VINO/File
Sherika Nelson- Da Silva, 29, was killed by her husband Lennox F. Da Silva on June 10, 2017. Photo: Facebook
Sherika Nelson- Da Silva, 29, was killed by her husband Lennox F. Da Silva on June 10, 2017. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- St Vincent national Lennox F. Da Silva aka ‘Ocho’, who knifed his Jamaican wife, Sherika Nelson- Da Silva, to death at their apartment in Greenland, Tortola, on June 10, 2017 was on July 12, 2019 sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison.

The prison sentence was handed down by Justice Ann-Marie Smith, who said Da Silva was provoked by the victim, was remorseful and had displayed exemplary behaviour while on remand.

During the trial, the court had heard that Da Silva had suspected his wife, a hair dresser, was being unfaithful and had followed her around on June 10, 2017. When he got home he found her packing her belongings and stated that she was leaving him.

An argument ensued and, according to his testimony to police, his wife said in the heat of the argument "I don't know why deh didn't kill you and done." The accused said at that stage he claimed “a feelings” came over him and he slit her throat. He couldn't recall how he got the knife.

Mr Da Silva was shot multiple times in an attempted robbery at his wife’s family home in Jamaica back in 2014.

The gruesome murder had taken place in the presence of the couple’s two children, aged 11 and 4 at the time.

Meanwhile, Da Silva’s sentence is to take effect on the date he was first placed on remand, June 12, 2017.

Da Silva was represented by Attorney-at-Law Patrick D. Thompson.

16 Responses to “Vincy man who knifed Jamaican wife to death jailed for 6 ½ years”

  • Jordana (16/07/2019, 10:24) Like (30) Dislike (2) Reply
    I will never condone murder of another for one’s life is never another to take and God said Thou Shall not kill..knowing Ocho he is a kind person and I do believe he had a moment of insanity tho he did wrong..his story never changed and I believe him for the truth is only told one way me people can push you to the brink of insanity and you have to decide if you’re going to jump over that cliff or walk away and at times without knowing it we jump over..he is a good person but events can lead us to doing the unthinkable at times.. I know he’s very remorseful for what he did and I pray he can make peace with it. I am happy the judge showed him leniency .. I’d always say at times when tragic things like this happen we judge without knowing or understanding the road one walked.. so yes ocho tho I do believe u had a moment of insanity I am very happy that the Judge showed you leniency.. go forth with God and continue to do good and be the good person I’ve always known you to be..
  • Jordana (16/07/2019, 10:29) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    @VINO.. I am one of your avid readers but why do you have to be so sensational with some of your headlines.. “Vincy man who knifed Jamaican wife to death”.. couldn’t it have read “Vincy man who killed Jamaican wife you VINO but at times so dramatic..smh
  • Real Macoy (16/07/2019, 11:07) Like (6) Dislike (17) Reply
    A Vinci will always be a Vinci.
    You all show no remorse just like those Arabs in the Middle East.
    I don't care what happened.
    Thou shall not kill.
    Their kids were there and that daam man still killed their mom in front of them.
    That's heartless.
    I know Jamaican's can really press your button with the words from their mouth, but you have to know how to walk away because they don't care.
    Ocho need to get 20 years minimum.
    That girl family will be checking him as soon as he comes out.
    He got a slap on the risk sentence.
    • How About (16/07/2019, 12:08) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      Thou shall not commit adultery ...
    • Outspoken (16/07/2019, 14:02) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Real Macoy, I don’t know your nationality but whether it be Vincy or an Arab from the Middle East or whoever, the Bible says, “the heart of men are deceitful and desperately wicked” so don’t matter what nationality you are, your heart is deceitful and desperately wicked and you are prone to do wicked things. What about when a brother take a gun and gun down his fellow man or men in cold blood or pay someone else to do it then walked around in society as if he is so innocent, what will you call that?
    • Jacperlance (16/07/2019, 15:06) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      @RealMacoy, well Ocho was arrested, tried and convicted, he received his just sentence, but remember you are still awaiting your arrest, charging, trial, conviction and sentencing. Be careful what you wished for.
  • Three some (16/07/2019, 12:10) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I wonder what he really saw when she was with the 2 men them?
  • Fair sentence (16/07/2019, 13:37) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    If you know Ocho I think you can agree that he deserves a second chance. So I’m happy that your prayers were answered
  • Hmmmm (16/07/2019, 14:36) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    A Vincy and a Jamaican in a relationship. Hmmmm How that Work?
  • wize up (16/07/2019, 16:30) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    people get more time at HMP for drug trafficking: whatever some my say; the man took another life and gets only 6 years......go figure!!!!!
  • wize up (16/07/2019, 16:30) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    people get more time at HMP for drug trafficking: whatever some my say; the man took another life and gets only 6 years......go figure!!!!!
    • Outlaw (16/07/2019, 16:45) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      @wize up. Selling crack cocaine, heroine or contaminated weed to another is like taking their life in the long run, how do you feel about that.
      • wize up (17/07/2019, 09:58) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
        @ outlaw: there is a difference between a homicide and a suicide...I will leave that with you

        I will also leave this with u
        There is vast difference between take someone’s life: likewise there is different between a person or persons who knowingly engages in harmful conduct(such the consumption of harmful substances) then eventually dies

        Bike are lawful in the VI however some folks uses this form of transportation in a harmful manner so much so some folks are asking to ban bike

        It is simply a conversation and no need to cuss me out(just say!!!!)
  • @Jordana (16/07/2019, 22:19) Like (2) Dislike (8) Reply
    I hope if it was your child you would say the same thing. I hope the person that kill the Tortola woman the other day get the same sentence too. Why couldn’t he walk away , he cheated on the woman he was living with and also with other women someone should have killed him too. Remorse or not that’s how some people love to shed crocodile tears. The man plan it from he follow the woman to see her cheating with 2 men. The law didn’t get him but KARMA will.
  • Oh ok!!! (17/07/2019, 08:15) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Wow get caught with a gun 5 yrs,no matter if its first offence . Kill someone 6 yrs plus ,I telling ya !!!

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