Man accused of killing brother offered bail
ASt James man, who allegedly stabbed his brother to death during a fight, was offered bail in the sum of $ 450,000, with three sureties, when he appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate’s Court on November 8.
Twenty- nine- year- old Kadian Martin, of a Norwood address, is charged for the murder of Dennis Martin. His case has been set for mention on January 15.
The court was told that, on November 1, the two Martins were involved in an altercation, during which the deceased armed himself with a machete, and the accused, who walks on crutches due to a leg injury, was armed with a knife.
It is further alleged that, during the fight, the accused Martin stabbed his brother twice in the chest. He later died at hospital.
In making a bail application yesterday, Martin’s lawyer, Martyn Thomas, told presiding magistrate Carolyn Tie that his client had acted in self- defence and had sustained injuries during the incident.
“On the Crown’s case, self- defence arises. There are exhibits that were not preserved by the investigating officers. There are indentations on Mr Martin’s crutches, where he used them to block the machete chops ( during the fight),” said Thomas. “Mr Martin was chopped in the incident, and his wrist was dislocated.”
Clerk of the Court Orrett Brown said the prosecution was not oppos- ing bail for Martin.
“The Crown is not opposed to bail, but we ask that he stay away from his brothers, who are witnesses in this matter, and that he does not go back to Norwood,” Brown said of Martin.
“I am going to offer him ( Martin) bail, in the sum of $ 450,000, with three sureties, and he is to stay away from the civilian witnesses,” said RM Tie.
“He is to report at the Coral Gardens Police Station every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, between 7 a. m. and 7 p. m. He is also to be taken to see the doctor,” the magistrate added, before setting the case for mention on January 15.
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