Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2019. 3:29 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: 37 year old Andrew Willoughby, convicted of the Commonwealth Day holiday murder of 11-year-old schoolboy Daniel Matura in 2012, must serve a minimum term of 25 years’ imprisonment extending to life as ruled by Supreme Court Justice Marilyn Williams.
But having been on remand for seven years before being tried and convicted in June, he has eighteen more years to serve. He will be 55 years of age when first eligible for parole following a deduction of time imprisoned on remand.
Willoughby was intending to attack rival and criminal figure Brandon Taylor that morning, but his shots hit his cousin Matura, who was returning from a nearby store.
The family of Willoughby and Matura were making final preparations to lay to rest murder victim Kaylon Matura, who died the week before. Taylor, later charged with his murder, and associate Roy Bennett from nearby Gill Street, were riding through the area on separate bicycles and reportedly threatened to kill all the Matura family, provoking Willoughby into a lethal and errant response.
A trio of police officers testified to what they saw – Constables Eric Reid and George Ferguson and Woman Constable Sherla Cocom. Reid directly identified Willoughby as the man he saw firing the fatal shots toward Taylor, which struck Daniel Matura in the head and chest, killing him almost instantly.
Responding from the dock, Willoughby said he was at home with his girlfriend and police arrested him right outside his gate as he was leaving.
Willoughby had given a caution statement to police where he admitted shooting Matura, but in court he said he was forced to do so after being beaten up and promised to be allowed to attend Kaylon Matura’s funeral that day, May twenty-first.
But Justice Williams found that Willoughby’s statement had been given the following day, May twenty-second, casting doubt on the validity of his claims. It was allowed as evidence at trial.
Police at the time expressed the opinion that Willoughby had probably not intended to kill Matura, but certainly intended to kill Taylor and Roy Bennett, for which he was also charged with attempted murder.
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