Man ac­cused of killing brother of­fered bail

The Star (Jamaica) - - NEWS -

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.

IN­VES­TI­GA­TION

“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.

– C. T

A baby rides along with a woman in a wheel­chair that was be­ing pushed along Span­ish Town road, St An­drew on Tues­day

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