Bodybuilding veteran Bertil Fox released from prison after serving 25 years for double murder in 1998 – Fitness Volt

IFBB Pro Bodybuilder Bertil Fox has participated in some of the sport’s most prominent stages but was charged with double murder in 1998. In an Instagram post created by bodybuilder Gary Strydom, Strydom revealed that Bertil Fox has been released from prison after serving a 25-year sentence.

In light of this important news, Fox’s son, Shaun Fox, confirmed that his father had been released from prison, where he had served for more than two decades. Bertil was charged with the violent crime in 1997 after allegedly killing his former fiancée Leyoca Browne and her mother Violet Browne by shooting them with a handgun.

Originally, Bertil Fox was sentenced to death by hanging, but after appealing the verdict to the Privy Council Judicial Committee, his 1998 sentence was changed to life.

On Thursday, August 4, 2022, Fox was pardoned by the Governor General of St. Kitts and Nevis after serving his 25-year sentence, which marked his first day back in society as a free man living with his family in London. There is no official word on his pardon, but his son Shaun confirmed the news via Facebook.

Details emerge after Bertil Fox is pardoned after 25 years in prison

Bertil Fox’s son announced Monday via Facebook that his father, Bertil, has been released from prison after a long sentence for double murder. The news was first reported by competitive bodybuilder Gary Strydom.

“BERTIL FOX RELEASED: I almost cried today. We love you Bertil and those of you who didn’t know it was an accident. The gun was not his and a struggle ensued that caused this “accident”. It wouldn’t have happened if she didn’t have a gun in her bag. What then happened was a lynching in which the locals wanted retribution. Well, they let him sit for 25 years.

He was originally sentenced to death by hanging, but after an appeal to the Privy Council Judicial Committee, his sentence was changed to life in prison. On August 4, 2022, Fox was pardoned by the Governor General of St. Kitts and Nevis after serving for 25 years and is now a free man living in the UK. Enjoy the rest of your life buddy. The “few” of us who believed in you… We still do…

God bless you and your family…” wrote Gary Strydom.

BERTIL FOX RELEASED: I almost cried today. We love you Bertil and those of you who didn’t know it was a…

Posted by Gary Strydom on Monday, August 8, 2022

In the statement, Gary admitted what an emotional day this was for the Bertil family. He provided some details regarding the infamous lawsuit.

According to the statement, the weapon involved in the double homicide “accident” did not belong to Bertil. He believes Bertil was the subject of a public lynching in which locals “wanted retaliation.”

Below is the FaceBook post Bertil Fox’s son posted after his father’s release from 25 years in prison:

Bertil Fox via Facebook Post

Bertil Fox competed mainly from the 1960s through the late 1990s. His last show was at the 1994 Iron Man Pro where he finished 13th. From participating in competitions such as Mr. Europe, mr. world and mr. Universe, Fox was praised for his consistency and willingness to improve his physique. The bodybuilder was a consistent top performer at the prestigious Olympia competition throughout his career.

Bertil Fox
Bertil Fox

Fox’s full match history below:

1969

  • Mr Great Britain – NABBA, Junior, 1st

1970

  • Mr Great Britain – NABBA, Junior, 1st

1971

  • Mr Great Britain — NABBA, Junior, 1st
  • mr. Europe, Junior, 1st

1976

  • Mr Great Britain — NABBA Winner
  • mr. Europe, Medium, 1st
  • mr. Europe, overall winner
  • mr. Universe – NABBA, Medium, 2nd
  • mr. World — AAU, winner
  • mr. World – AAU, most muscular, 1st
  • mr. World – AAU, Medium, 1st

1977

  • mr. Universe – NABBA, Medium, 1st
  • mr. Universe – NABBA, Overall Winner

1978

  • Universe – Pro – NABBA, Winner

1979

  • Universe – Pro – NABBA, Winner

1980

  • World Championships — WABBA, Professional, 2nd

1981

  • Grand Prix Belgium — IFBB, 5th

1982

  • Night of Champions – IFBB, 2nd
  • Mr Olympia – IFBB, 8th

1983

  • Swedish Grand Prix — IFBB, 4th
  • Swiss Grand Prix — IFBB, 2nd
  • Mr Olympia – IFBB, 5th

1984

  • World Pro Championships – IFBB, 5th

1986

  • Mr Olympia – IFBB, 7th

1987

  • Grand Prix Germany — IFBB, 9th
  • Night of Champions – IFBB, 7th
  • Mr Olympia – IFBB, 12th

1989

  • Arnold Classic – IFBB, 6th
  • Melbourne Grand Prix — IFBB, 6th
  • Mr Olympia – IFBB, 11th
  • World Pro Championships – IFBB, 5th

1992

  • Arnold Classic – IFBB, 16th
  • Pittsburgh Pro Invitational — IFBB, 9th

1994

  • Ironman Pro Invitational — 13th

After being on the cover of well-known bodybuilding magazines and books, Golden Age athlete was known and respected during his time as a professional.

At the time of writing, it remains unclear whether any new evidence or information played a role in his pardon and subsequent release from prison. While no official statements have been made public by a court, Fitness Volt will update you on this story if that changes.

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