Confessed killer Ryan Antonio Oneal Bullen has been sentenced to life in prison for the death in 2007 of 14-year-old Kalifa Downes.
Madam Justice Jacqueline Cornelius handed down the maximum sentence this afternoon in the No.5 Supreme Court saying there was a need to protect society for the convicted man.
Bullen pleaded guilty to manslaughter in February this year, ten years after the Lower Burney, St Michael teen had gone missing on April 18, 2007.
His plea came a little over three years after he was arrested and charged after admitting to police that he had raped the teen before fatally stabbing her.
Downes’ body was found in the Pine pasture near Pine Hill Dairy, two days after her father had reported her missing.
The case had gone cold and was unsolved for six years. However, police finally got a break when they tracked a SIM card that had been taken from the dead girl’s mobile phone, which Bullen, 35, at the time of the killing, was found to be using.
The killer, who was diagnosed with “psychological and behavioural deficits,” has an extensive criminal record, including rape, theft, robbery, assault and criminal damage.