Murderer to be freed

Convicted murderer Michael Taylor should soon be released from Her Majesty Prisons, Dodds, St Philip.

Barbados TODAY understands that the serving of a warrant for his early release was to be done today and Taylor, 45, could be re-united with his 3rd Avenue, Long Gap, St. Michael family as early as Wednesday.

Taylor, then 17, was convicted and sentenced to death in 1984 for the murder of elderly shopkeeper Millicent Lyder, who ran a small business on Bank Hall Road, opposite where now sits Abundant Life Assembly. Taylor was convicted along with co-accused Patrick Greaves of Mansion Road, Bank Hall, St. Michael, a stone’s throw from the scene of the crime.

Greaves, 17, at the time, was also sentenced to death.

In 1986 the two appealed their death sentences but had those appeals rejected. However, in 1989 both sentences were commuted to life imprisonment.

Back in 1984 the battered and bloodied body of Lyder who lived alone was discovered after she failed to open her shop. Investigations later revealed that she had been beaten about the head with a blunt object.

Greaves remains in prison. (WG)

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