Bertil Fox (via Instagram)
IFBB Pro bodybuilder Bertil Fox has competed on some of the sport’s most prominent stages but found himself charged with double murder in 1998. Bertil Fox was pardoned by St.Kitts-Nevis Governor-General Sir Tapley Seaton and has been released from prison after serving a 25-year sentence.
In light of this major news, Fox’s son, Shaun Fox, confirmed that his father was released from the penitentiary, where he served over two decades. Bertil was charged with the violent crime in 1997 after murdering his former fiancé Leyoca Browne and her mother Violet Browne by shooting them with a gun.
Originally, Bertil Fox was sentenced to death by hanging but after appealing the verdict with the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, his 1998 sentence was changed to serving life.
On Thursday, August 4, 2022, Fox was pardoned by the Governor General of St. Kitts and Nevis after his 25-year sentence, which marked his first day back in society as a free man living in London with his family. There has been no official report on his pardon, but his son, Shaun has confirmed the news via Facebook.
“BERTIL FOX RELEASED: It almost made me cry today. We love you Bertil and those of you that didn’t know it was an accident. The gun was not his and a struggle ensued causing this “accident”. It wouldn’t have happened if she didn’t have a gun in her bag. What then happened was a lynching where the locals wanted retribution. Well they made him sit for 25 years.
He was originally sentenced to death by hanging, but after an appeal to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, his sentence was changed to life in prison. On the 4th of August 2022, Fox was pardoned by the Governor General of St. Kitts and Nevis after serving 25 years and is now a free man living in the UK. Enjoy the rest of your life mate. The “few” of us that believed in you…We still do…
God bless you and your family…” wrote Gary Strydom.