Crown requests more time in case of lifeguard charged with brother’s murder
MONTEGO BAY, St James — The prosecution has requested more time to complete the file in the case of a St James lifeguard accused of choking his brother to death.
Dailando Bailey, 24, from Catherine Mount, St James, who has been charged with the murder of 30-year-old Oshaine Bailey, made his second court appearance last Thursday.
During the hearing the clerk of court disclosed that the post-mortem was only completed a week ago and requested a week to have the report on file.
She also stated that the scene of crime statement was still outstanding.
On the previous mention date, September 20, the accused man’s lawyer, Henry McCurdy, emphasised that provocation played a significant role in the incident, highlighting the circumstances that led to his client’s actions.
McCurdy stated that Oshaine Bailey had jumped at his client, they got into an argument, and his client tried to defend himself.
“All he had done was held him, and he held him too tight,” McCurdy explained on September 20.
While the Crown awaits the outstanding documents Dailando Bailey’s bail has been extended until January 29, 2024 when the case will be heard again.
Police had reported that the brothers were at home on September 12 when an argument developed. It escalated into a physical altercation during which it is alleged that Dailando choked his brother until he became unresponsive.
Oshaine was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Dailando reported the incident to the police, which led to his arrest.
January 2024 date set for flight attendant’s trial
MONTEGO BAY, St James — The highly anticipated trial of a female flight attendant who was arrested after three pounds of cocaine were allegedly discovered in her luggage at Sangster International Airport, is expected to begin in St James Parish Court on January 31, 2024.
Michelle Virgo, a 44-year-old dual citizen of Jamaica and the United States, is charged with possession of, dealing in, attempting to export, and conspiracy to export cocaine.
When the matter came before Presiding Judge Sasha-Marie Smith-Ashley last Thursday the court was told that Virgo’s lawyer, Martyn Thomas, has received partial disclosure, which includes key documents and evidence related to the case.
Virgo’s bail was extended until her trial.
According to the allegations, on June 6 Virgo was preparing to board a JetBlue flight bound for New York. During a routine security check the cocaine, which is said to have a street value of US$75,000 ($11.5 million), was reportedly found in a false compartment in her suitcase.
Under caution Virgo allegedly said, “Cocaine? This is unbelievable.”
She was later charged with breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act.