The jury found him guilty of murder, from an incident at the residence where he and his common law wife Clarke occupied.
On August 13, 2017, Pedro Ashton doused Monique Clarke with gasoline and torched the 44-year-old woman. Ashton and Clarke were in a common-law relationship when the incident took place.
She died August 22 at the Milton Cato Memorial hospital upon which Ashton was charged with causing her death. The trial ended June 25, and Justice Brian Cottle set July 23 for sentencing. He fulfilled his obligations as scheduled.
Ashton responded “no please,” when asked what he had to say.
Cottle pointed out that Ashton, “refuses to accept responsibility for his action.”
The Justice noted that there was a history of domestic violence and abuse. He took into account, Ashton’s time on remand of three years, 11 months, ten days, hence the sentence was set at 31 years, 20 days.