Soldier placed under house arrest

Friday, July 12, 2019

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THE Jamaica Defence Force lieutenant who is facing a murder charge in connection with the stabbing death of his wife, attorney-at-law Nordraka Williams Burnett, last December, has been placed under house arrest.

Thirty-five-year-old Kyodia Burnett, who had been in custody since last December after the body of his wife was found at their home with multiple stab wounds, was offered $400,000 bail and told not to leave his house, except for medical reasons or to attend court.

Burnett, who suffers from a mental condition and had been in custody receiving treatment was also granted bail on condition that he resides in Vineyard Town in Kingston.

Queen's Counsel Jacqueline Brown, who sought bail for the accused on Wednesday, told the court that if her client had received treatment earlier the incident would not have occurred, and that this has been confirmed by the doctors.

She also raised concern about the lack of sensitivity shown towards persons in society who suffer from mental illness, especially when it is not obvious to the naked eyes.

Burnett who was offered bail by Parish Judge Broderick Smith is scheduled to return to court on July 23.

According to a police report, on December 13, 2018, the body of the attorney was found lying on a bed with multiple stab wounds by police who reportedly forced their way into the room in which her husband had reportedly locked himself about 10:00 am on the day of the incident..

Burnett, who was a physiotherapist in the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), was reportedly being treated for depression at the time of his wife's murder, while his wife was head of conveyance at a law firm operated by Christopher Townsend.

— Tanesha Mundle


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