Corporate Area tattoo artist Romario Brown will be sentenced on May 24th for the murder of popular fashion designer Dexter Pottinger.
Justice Shelly Williams will hand down the sentence.
Earlier this week, Brown, who was initially charged with murder, pleaded guilty to the lesser offence of manslaughter after his caution statement revealed that his actions were caused by provocation by the deceased, Pottinger, who was an openly gay man.
Brown also pleaded guilty to larceny from the premises and simple larceny when he appeared in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston. In a caution statement made to police shortly after his arrest, Brown said that while at the fashion designer’s Yarico Place residence in St Andrew, Pottinger appeared before him naked with his penis erect. He further alleged that he did not know that Pottinger was gay and was surprised by the act, subsequently using a knife to stab Pottinger 25 times.
Dancehall star Cecile, a friend of the fashion designer, has her doubts about the authenticity of the tale weaved by the accused.
“I have nothing to say except that Dexter is the most known gay personality in Jamaica. To say one didn’t know? That statement alone confirms that the depiction of the entire scenario is inaccurate,” she told Loop News.
“The only mistake Dexter made was bailing someone out of prison and was a very bad judge of a character; that cost him his life.”
Court documents revealed that the killer said Pottinger posted bail for him on Tuesday, August 29, 2017, after he was arrested by police for being in possession of two knives. That was two days before Pottinger was found dead.
In his statement, he said that he had only known the fashion designer for a week, having met him in Half-Way Tree, St Andrew, where he was handing out flyers to promote his tattoo studio. They had been discussing investment plans and ideas for his tattoo studio before Dexter made a pass at him.
Brown said that, on the fateful day, he was on the balcony of the house using a knife to cut up ganja, while having drinks with Pottinger. Then Pottinger left the balcony indicating that he would soon return, and when he eventually did, he was completely naked.
Pottinger’s decomposing body was found on August 31, 2017 by his brother, who went to his house to check on him because the fashion designer could not be reached. A flat-screen television, a watch, and Pottinger’s Honda CR-V motor vehicle were missing. Brown admitted to stealing these items and led police to their recovery after he was arrested.