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Judge yields to Sandy

Wednesday, October 24, 2012    

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EX-CONSTABLE Rushon Hamilton, who is being tried for the murder of a 14-year-old girl, will have to wait until after the passage of Tropical Storm Sandy to know his fate.

Justice Lloyd Hibbert was yesterday scheduled to complete his summation of evidence for the jurors so they could start their deliberation, but a decision was taken to adjourn the remainder of the proceedings until tomorrow, by which time Sandy is expected to have passed.

The consensus among defence and prosecuting attorneys, as well as the Court, was that the jurors should go into deliberation with a clear mind and sufficient time to come to a decision.

"Justice should never be rushed..." Hibbert said.

Hibbert had told jurors earlier, before the luncheon adjournment, that they would be given the case in afternoon.

He's to continue tomorrow with his summation of the defence's case.

Tropical Storm Sandy is expected to significantly affect the island today.

Hamilton has been on trial for the past four weeks for the murder of Jhaneel Goulbourne, who was abducted from her Harbour View, St Andrew home on October 24, following the filing of a complaint that led to a charge of carnal abuse against the ex-constable.

She has not been heard from or seen since.

The prosecution has said that Hamilton killed Goulbourne at sea and dumped her body because of the report that was made.

During his summation of the prosecution's case yesterday, Hibbert told jurors that Hamilton was not being tried for carnal abuse, so they are not required to consider to look into that charge.

"He's here on only one charge, and that's murder," Hibbert said.

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