Friday 24 May, 2019

Trinidadian 'honeytrap' killer to be deported to T&T

Photo: 25-year-old Samantha Joseph, who was 15 at the time of this photo, is set to return to Trinidad and Tobago after being convicted of murder in the UK.

Photo: 25-year-old Samantha Joseph, who was 15 at the time of this photo, is set to return to Trinidad and Tobago after being convicted of murder in the UK.

A Trinidadian woman who was convicted of conspiring to murder her boyfriend in the United Kingdom is being deported back to Trinidad and Tobago after serving 10 years in a British jail.

According to the Daily Mail, Samantha Joseph, who resided at Brockley, south-east London, was jailed for life in 2009 for conspiring to lure her boyfriend, Shakilus Townsend, to his death at the hands of a gang.

Joseph spent 10 years in prison but is now being deported back to Trinidad and Tobago.

The court heard that Joseph reportedly lured her unsuspecting boyfriend to his death on July 3, 2008, in an attempt to secure the affections of gang member Danny McLean.

(Photo: Danny McLean was jealous of Townsend, who Joseph was also seeing, and stabbed the victim to death after he was lured there by Joseph.)

Joseph, who was 15 at the time, reportedly told Townsend they were going to see her cousin, however CCTV footage showed her texting McLean, and lured the victim into a cul-de-sac in Thornton Heath, south London.

There, McLean and others beat and stabbed Townsend to death.

The Old Bailey heard that Townsend was in love with Joseph after meeting her a month before the attack.

(Photo: CCTV footage showed Joseph and Townsend walking to the cul-de-sac where he was killed.)

However Joseph was also seeing McLean, 18, who was a member of the street gang Shine My Nine.

The conspirators later wiped the victim’s Bebo account to remove any links between them.

Joseph and McLean were both convicted of murder, with McLean getting a minimum of 15 years.

The woman, now 25, will be sent back to Trinidad and Tobago after a decision made by the Parole Board.

A Home Office spokesperson told the Mirror: "Foreign nationals who serve custodial sentences in the UK will be considered for deportation and, wherever possible, offenders are returned at the conclusion of their sentence.

"We have removed nearly 45,800 foreign offenders since 2010.”

The case has since been turned into a BBC Three drama My Murder in 2012 starring Star Wars actor John Boyega.

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