Ac­cused hot oil killer granted bail

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Awoman who al­legedly killed her com­mon-law part­ner by dous­ing him with hot oil was yes­ter­day of­fered bail. Melissa Sin­clair, 32, has been in cus­tody since the May 14 this year when Orville Pit­ter was killed in­side the St Andrew home they shared.

The re­la­tion­ship pro­duced two chil­dren. Sin­clair was granted bail in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court in the sum of $500,000 and or­dered to sur­ren­der her travel doc­u­ments. A judge also di­rected that a stop or­der be placed on her at the ports.

It is al­leged that Pit­ter was doused with hot oil after he and Sin­clair got into a dis­pute while she was pre­par­ing a meal.

Sin­clair’s at­tor­ney Ke­mar Robin­son, in his ap­pli­ca­tion for bail, told the court that for a decade, his client suf­fered con­tin­u­ous phys­i­cal abuse from Pit­ter.

He said on the day of the in­ci­dent, Sin­clair was at­tacked by Pit­ter and threw the hot oil on him as she tried to de­fend her­self. Ac­cord­ing to the at­tor­ney, Sin­clair ran from the house and went to the Matilda’s Corner Po­lice Sta­tion where a re­port was made.

She is to re­turn to court on June 28.

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