Trial continues for remaining 2 accused in 2011 murder of mother, daughter

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Trial continues for remaining 2 accused in 2011 murder of mother, daughter

Thursday, November 07, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The trial of the two accused in the 2011 slaying of St Catherine residents Joeith Lynch and her mother Charmaine Rattray is now continuing into its second day in the Supreme Court in downtown Kingston.

Statements of some 10 witnesses, who will not be taking the stand, are now being read into the Courts records including testimonies from relatives and police personnel.

The two accused, who yesterday pleaded not guilty to murder after the other three co-accused in the case pleaded guilty to non-capital murder, are seated in the dock sporting the same outfits worn yesterday when the trial began.

Before the trial got underway, one of the accused, Sanja Ducally, was observed quietly reading from a small blue new testament Bible while his counterpart, Kemar Riley, sat looking straight ahead with almost tomb-like stillness.

Both men are part of a group of five allegedly involved in the brutal massacre of Lynch and her mother in their home in the Lauriston community in St Catherine.

The act was supposedly committed on the instructions of an individual referred to as "the general" in what Director of Public Prosections Paula Lewellyn has described as a "murder most foul".

The trial is expected to last two weeks.

The sentencing hearing of the other three accused is expected to take place on December 11 at 2:00 pm.

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