Monday 24 September, 2018

Sim card was the last piece used to solve 10-year-old Downe's case

A man who admitted to raping and killing a 14-year-old girl in 2007 has been sentenced to life in prison.

This was the sentence handed down to Ryan Antonio Oneal Bullen Tuesday when he appeared before Judge Jacqueline Cornelius in the No.5 Supreme Court. The sentence comes after Bullen, who has convictions for rape and robbery crimes, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter charge in February this year.

Fourteen-year-old Kalifa Downes was found dead in the area of Pine Hill Diary after she went missing for a couple days.

According to the prosecution, Downes was reported missing by her father on April 18, 2007. After questioning Downes' boyfriend, her body was found but as there were no real leads, no arrest was made for six years.

However, a sim card from the girl's cellphone led police to Bullen in 2013. Bullen then revealed how his actions led to the young teen's death.

Bullen said he met the girl while going through a track in the Pine area and raped her under threat with a knife.

It was heard that during a struggle, Bullen stabbed Downes before moving her body to another area. He took the sim card out of the phone and later placed it in his phone.