Judge to decide on bail for man held in bank clerk's death

Tuesday, April 29, 2014    

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A man implicated in the murder of Scotiabank employee Dwayne Grigg was yesterday remanded into custody when he appeared before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court, despite a plea by his attorney that he had nothing to do with the killing.

Christopher Prendergast is charged with the murder of the 26-year-old bank clerk who lived in Duhaney Park, St Andrew.

Grigg went missing on February 25, and two days later his body was found with multiple stab wounds in a secluded area of Cherry Gardens, upper St Andrew. His eyes were also gouged out.

Following the discovery of Grigg's body, his motor car was later recovered off Waltham Park Road, St Andrew, following an alleged shootout with its occupants.

One man was killed during the operation and two others, including a 17-year-old girl, were held some time later. A firearm was also allegedly seized.

However, when the matter was mentioned yesterday, Prendergast's lawyer, Carol Gonzales, told the court that the prosecution did not have any evidence linking her client to the murder.

"Somebody in custody told the investigating officer that my client confessed to the killing and that is the sum total of the evidence against Christopher," she said.

Gonzales told Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey that her client was innocent and knows nothing about Grigg's murder.

However, the prosecutor told the court that the police were objecting to bail as they are currently trying to find three suspects in connection with the murder and believe that Prendergast would interfere with the investigation if he was granted bail.

In the meantime, the investigating officer told the court that the police have uncovered new evidence, including cellular phone evidence, that they will be bringing to court shortly.

However, the magistrate told the lawyer that she will have to read the file before making a decision about Prendergast's bail. As a result he was remanded into custody until May 1.

-- Tanesha Mundle





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