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Murder trial of businessman accused of killing ex-girlfriend at St Andrew apartment stalled again

Published:Thursday | March 3, 2016 | 8:55 AM

The murder trial of businessman Stephen Causewell has again been stalled.

The trial was expected to begin in the Home Circuit Court yesterday but had to be pushed back as the investigating officer is ill.

The court was also informed that a retired scenes of crime policeman is disgruntled with the constabulary force and has indicated that he is not interested in testifying.

Judge Lennox said a tremendous amount of time has passed in the matter and told the prosecutor, Claudette Thompson, to contact the police commissioner’s office for its intervention.

Assistant Commissioner of Police, Ealan Powell, subsequently turned up in court and said given that the retired officer is no longer a member of the constabulary he does not have the authority to compel him to come to court.

ACP Powell said he will seek to persuade the retired policeman and added that a subpoena could help the process.

Meanwhile,  Causewell’s attorney, Jacqueline Samuels Brown, told the court that she has not received full disclosure from the prosecution.

Samuels Brown said despite the incomplete disclosure her client is still prepared to go ahead with the trial.

She said the businessman is anxious to have the matter disposed off because the case has dragged on for more than eight years.

The case has been set for mention on May 20 and the trial scheduled for July 11.

Causewell, who had his bail extended, has been before the court since 2008.

He is being accused of the murder of his ex-girlfriend Nardia Mitchell at her Oaklands Apartment in St Andrew on July 16, 2008.