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Man on murder rap gets reduced bail

BY KARYL WALKER Editor -- Crime/Court Desk walkerk@jamaicaobserver.com

Tuesday, January 22, 2013    

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A man who is accused of murder after he allegedly kicked a conductor from a Toyota coaster in October last year had his bail reduced by a merciful Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey yesterday.

Kevin Brissett was held by police from the St Andrew South Division minutes after he allegedly kicked Trevor Wright, also called 'Shorty' or 'Gieco', from the moving vehicle along Spanish Town in the vicinity of the Riverton City landfill.

Wright fell from the bus and his head was crushed by another vehicle.

"The post-mortem report says he died from blunt force trauma consistent with being kicked from a moving vehicle," RM Pusey told the accused man during his appearance in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday.

But Brissett was adamant that he was not responsible for Wright's death and pleaded his innocence.

"I did not kick him from the bus. He accidentally fell from the bus. He pulled an ice pick on me. I pushed, and he bounced into another passenger. He went back to his step and that is when he fell from the bus. I swear I did not kick him from the bus," Brissett said.

"But we have eyewitnesses who say they saw you kick him from the bus," RM Pusey replied.

Brissett seemed taken aback but managed to hold his composure.

A check of his case file revealed that he had been previously offered bail in the sum of $2 million, but he was unable to take up the bail offer as the amount was too high.

After deliberating for a few moments, RM Pusey then reduced his bail to $200,000 with one or two sureties.

Brissett is expected to return to court on February 28.

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