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New trial for fishermen on triple murder charge

Published:Friday | October 31, 2014 | 12:00 AM

The two fishermen charged with

the murder of three children who perished in a fire in September 2004 in Portmore, St Catherine, are to face a third trial in the Home Circuit Court.

Yesterday, the 12-member jury retired for three hours and 25 minutes and failed to arrive at a verdict.

Senior Puisne Judge Gloria Smith ordered a new trial for Rohan McCarthy and Ricardo Britton. She also extended their bail to return to court on January 30, 2015, when the case will be mentioned. The men had been on trial since September 18.

It was alleged that on September 14, 2004, McCarthy and Britton threw gasolene around Pansy Henry's three-bedroom wooden house and lit it with a bottle torch.

Three of her children - five-year-old twin boys Tyrique and Tyrone Henry, and her stepdaughter, three-year-old Moesha Lee - perished in the fire.

Following investigations by the police, the two men were later arrested and charged.

In their defence, the men told the court that they were at home at the time of the fire.

They are being represented by attorneys-at-law Keith Bishop and Gladstone Wilson.

barbara.gayle@gleanerjm.com