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Witness says one accused confessed to 2011 double beheading, identified others involved

Thursday, November 14, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — A key prosecution witness in the ongoing trial of the two accused of murdering former student of The Queen's School Joeith Lynch and her mother Charmaine Rattray in Lauriston, St Catherine in July 2011 this morning took the stand in the Supreme Court in downtown Kingston.

The witness — who was initially a suspect — had testified to having being picked up by the police in the aftermath of the killings and said he was the roommate of one of the accused, Adrian Campbell, who last week pleaded guilty to non-capital murder in the case.

According to the witness, after being picked up by the police on July 26, 2011 he along with Campbell was taken to the Half-Way-Tree Police Station. He said they were then transferred to the Spanish Town Police Station and placed in the holding area where he saw a hopping Kemar Riley — the other accused on trial who has also pleaded not guilty — being taken into custody by the police.

"Adrian and Blacks (alias for Riley) is friend," he told the court.

The witness said on July 29, following questions he posed to Riley while in the holding area, Riley told him that Lynch and her mother had been killed because their family members had been responsible for the death of 'Scott' (their neighbour).

"Dem programme dem labourite family fi come kill Scott, so dem move in back on the mother and the daughter," the witness said he was told by Riley, who he said named Campbell and another man as being involved in the killings.

The witness under questioning from Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn said he later told police what he had been told by Riley because he wanted to have nothing to do with that kind of situation.

"I never want to get involved " he told the courtroom.

Alicia Dunkley-Willis


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