Lawyer Kamal Worrell has already filed an appeal against the sentence meted out yesterday, by Puisne Judge Juan Wolffe, for the 2020 murder of the mother of his child, Chavelle Dillon-Burgess.

He must serve at least 27 years behind bars before he becomes eligible for parole.

He was also sentenced to six months imprisonment for seven counts of assault, to run concurrently.

Justice Wolffe noted, while passing sentence, that Worrell’s refusal to provide his son with the closure of knowing what happened to his mother rubbed against every ethical fibre of a just society.

“It is for this reason that the court must send a very, very, very strong message to the defendant that his behaviour cannot and will not be tolerated,” he said.

“No words in any esteemed dictionary can express or convey the heinous nature of the act carried out by the defendant.

“What he did in April 2020 was beyond words. It was of such an egregious nature that it is a rare occasion in the history of the hundreds of thousands of cases that come before this court.

“Yet the defendant expressed no regrets or remorse about what he did. I suspect, in fact, that he probably will never express any regret or remorse.”

Worrell was found guilty by a majority ruling in January, of killing Ms Dillon-Burgess on an unknown date between April 10 and June 11, 2020.

The court heard that Ms Dillon-Burgess had accused her son’s father of assault in relation to incidents in 2018 and 2019. But she later withdrew the allegations drawn against him.

The following year, on April 30, 2020, Ms Dillon-Burgess was reported missing by her family.

Despite an island-wide search, she was not found, and has not been seen or heard from since.

Her disappearance took place during the COVID-19 lockdown.

A police spokesman said after yesterday’s verdict: “The Bermuda Police Service respects the decision of the courts in this matter.

“We continue to investigate the whereabouts of Chavelle Dillon-Burgess’s remains and hope our efforts eventually provide her family closure.”

He urged anyone with information, to call the Senior Investigating Officer, Acting Detective Chief Inspector Jason Smith, on 717-0864 or e-mail him at jsmith2@bps.bm.

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Cindy Clarke called for a minimum prison term of 25 to 28 years.

Apart from the disposal of the victim’s body, she said the crime was further aggravated by the victim being the mother of Worrell’s child, his lack of remorse, attempts by the defendant to conceal evidence and the fact that their child was in the house when the murder took place.

“The only mitigating factor is the lack of previous convictions,” she added.

In an impact statement from the victim’s grandmother, Thelma-Jean Wong said: “She loved her family. Her son meant the world to her.”

Her mother, Rose Belboda, said the fact that her daughter was still missing was “unbearable”.

“I believed that she would outlive me, but this belief existed when I was more naive about evil,” she said.

As noted at the top of this report, Worrell has filed an appeal, which is now pending.