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Man cries in court while recounting how he found his dead brother

Published:Monday | April 25, 2016 | 3:02 PM

 Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

A Chinese man fought back tears this morning as he recounted how he discovered the bloody and near lifeless body of his brother inside their Norbrook, St Andrew home in 2010.

Edward Wong Chew-Onn, a Chinese businessman, was giving evidence as the murder trial of Garfield Roper began in the Home Circuit Court.

Roper is accused of killing Raymond Wong Chew-Onn inside his Upper St Andrew home on September 24, 2010.

It is one of the more than 120 murder cases that have been on the court list for a minimum of five years.

Edward Wong Chew-Onn told the court that he entered a room in the house and a saw a blanket thrown over a chair.

"As I looked closer I saw two legs hanging from the bottom of the blanket," he continued.

The witness said he walked over and lifted the blanket and saw his brother with the right side of his face swollen, a bloody eye and "some spongy blood material coming from his nostrils."

"He was still in a sitting position with his head tilted back," Chew-Onn recalled.

"I opened his eyes to see if he could look at me and I shouted 'Ray wake up'," he continued.

The witness said shortly after his brother was pronounced dead at the University Hospital of the West Indies.

He said when he returned home he noticed that a laptop and two cellphones were missing and pointed this out to police investigators.

Chew-Onn testified that in December 2010 he visited the offices of the police Flying Squad where he saw Roper and the laptop.