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Justice was served in a  strange but sad case involving the Portland policeman who murdered his girlfriend two years ago.


On Friday, he was sentenced to life in prison when he appeared in the Supreme Court.


The court heard that Lincoln McKoy, a former detective constable, murdered his girlfriend Jessica King, at the Errol Flynn Marina in Portland after she ended their relationship.




The sentence was handed down by Justice Lloyd Hibbert. Mckoy will be eligible for parole after 25 years.




The ex- policeman was found guilty on March 29 following a unanimous verdict by a seven-member jury.






Prosecutors led evidence that in August 2013, King was shot in the forehead and neck from almost point blank range and that McKoy then used his service pistol to shoot himself twice.


The pair ended up at the Errol Flynn Marina, a popular and scenic hangout spot for lovers, which is within walking distance from King's workplace. At the marina, the two stopped at an area near to the entrance called Lovers' Spot, several feet from the marine police building on the premises.




A purported witness told the Sunday Observer that a heated argument then developed between King and McKoy.




"I hear three shots and when I look around mi see blood on her face and she drop on her back and him shoot her again. Him then shot himself and fall face down on her and mi hear one more shot and see smoke near his left shoulder. Some police come over and tek him up in a police car and take him away and another take her up and drive away," the witness said.




McKoy was airlifted to the hospital where he remains in serious condition.




With that, King became Portland's sixth murder victim for the year and joins a line of women to lose their lives at the hands of their lovers who are policemen.




Some 10 minutes after the shooting, King's colleagues were in mourning. A poster of King with the words 'Gone too soon' and 'Jessica King sadly missed,' was hung in the supermarket for all to see.




The community of Millbank was in a state of shock at the news. Some residents wanted to exact their own brand of justice. On Thursday, King's mother, who is a district constable, was too stricken with grief to talk to the media.




Fitz King, Jessica's father, was beside himself with grief. He said he heard that McKoy used to physically assault his daughter, which was the news making the rounds after the killing.




"There is no justification for killing a person you have a five-year relationship with," said King, "unless the officer became a sick person."

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