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Accused murderer denied bail

Tanesha Mundle

Friday, July 06, 2012    

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A man who was reportedly on the run for over a year after stabbing and killing his sister's boyfriend during a domestic dispute was yesterday denied bail in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.

Dujon Pitter, of Kingston 14, was recently arrested and charged for the June 2011 murder of Ryan Davis.

According to police reports, on June 26 about 11:30 pm, Pitter and the couple attended a dance at the intersection of Wellington Street and Milk Lane in the capital. Sometime after, Pitter's sister and Davis became embroiled in an argument which led to a fight over a cellular phone .

Pitter was reportedly summoned and on arrival collared the deceased, who collared him in return. Both men exchanged heated words and punches, and during the dispute, Pitter is said to have pulled a ratchet knife, stabbing Davis in the neck.

The injured man was rushed to the Kingston Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead, and Pitter allegedly fled the scene.

However, yesterday, Pitter's attorney Franklyn Grenynion refuted the allegations, claiming his client acted out of self-defence. He said Davis, armed with a pair of scissors and about five men, attacked his client. Grenyion also said that the scissors belonged to Davis and that it was during struggle for the tool that he was stabbed.

Also, he told the court that his client was never on the run, but was only trying to preserve his life as he and his family received death threats.

But Magistrate Lorna Shelly Williams said she was not minded to grant bail and remanded Pitter into custody. He is scheduled to return to court on July 20.

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