Found dead 20th June 2014
Nixiann Downes-Clack (27) was found dead on Friday 20th June 2014, in a shallow grave in Mt. Moritz, Granada, in the Caribbean, four days after relatives on the island reported her missing. A post-mortem examination revealed she had been beaten, dying of blunt force trauma and strangulation.
Her husband, Alexander Clack (32) has been arrested for murder. Clack was born and grew up in London but lives in Grenada. He is a British national. It is not yet known whether she is a British citizen.
Delma Thomas, Grenada’s minister of social development, housing and gender affairs said she was “suspected to have been the victim of domestic abuse and gender violence,”.
Ms Downes-Clack had a two-year-old daughter with Clack and had been married for 6 years. Local media reported he had been having an affair with a local teenager.
A local television station said that Ms Downes-Clack was reported missing on Tuesday 17th June after she failed to arrive at her mother’s house to pick up her daughter. They said the body was found near a house that belonged to a teenager that Clack is alleged to have been in relationship with.
On Thursday 19th June Clack is reported to have confessed to the killing. He said Ms Downes-Clack’s body was placed in a suitcase before being buried in a shallow grave. Police said Clack led them to his wife’s remains.
Clack is being detained on a charge of non-capital murder, meaning the death penalty cannot be considered if there is a conviction, according to the Royal Grenada Police Force.
A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: “We were informed of the arrest of a British national on June 20 in Grenada. We are providing consular assistance.”
Note: This report was drawn from reports in the Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, the Evening Standard and the Independent.
FOD Comment: We note that there are reports in the Daily Mail that the killer is “the owner of SGU Fish Market, a company that delivers fish to hoteliers, supermarkets and retailers”, that he “is also listed as an Operations Supervisor in (Grenada)” and that, interestingly, “his bio states he ‘worked for several years with the prison service in north London.”. We also learned that “Mr. Clack is also a competent dog handler and dog trainer.’ “
We have been able to discover almost nothing about the victim, with media reports repeatedly referring to her only as the killer’s wife.