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Attorney asks judge to toss murder charge against businessman Causewell

Published:Tuesday | July 26, 2016 | 7:45 AM

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

The attorney for businessman Stephen Causewell this morning asked a High Court judge to toss the murder charge against him, arguing that prosecutors have failed to counter the question of self-defence.

Causewell's lead attorney Jacqueline Samuels-Brown made the assertion in the Home Circuit Court as she sought to persuade Justice Carol Lawrence-Beswick that there was no-case for her client to answer.

The businessman is on trial for the death of his ex-girlfriend Nardia Mitchell at Oaklands Apartment in St Andrew in 2008. Mitchell's death was initially believed to be suicide.

Samuels-Brown, in her no-case submission, pointed to the evidence of a police investigator that Causewell and Mitchell had a dispute that turned physical.

However, she argued that there was no evidence, on the prosecution's case, as to who was the aggressor or "how the dispute developed and progressed."

"It therefore means that the prosecution has failed to negatise self-defence. This failure to negatise self-defence ... means it (the prosecution) has not made out a prime facie case," Samuels-Brown argued.

She noted that Mitchell's body had 19 injuries, but insisted that there was no evidence that any of them were inflicted by Causewell.