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DPP rebuts attorney's no-case submission in Oakland murder case

Published:Tuesday | July 26, 2016 | 3:37 PM

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

The Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn has rebutted a no-case submission by the attorney defending accused murderer, businessman Stephen Causewell.

Causewell is on trial in the Home Circuit Court for the July 2008 murder of his ex-girlfriend Nardia Mitchell at her Oaklands Apartments home in St Andrew.

Responding to attorney Jacqueline Samuels Brown for the matter to be thrown out, the DPP said the seven-member jury should be allowed to determine the "strength or weakness" of the case.

Earlier, Samuels Brown in making the no-case submission said the matter should be tossed out because of a lack of evidence.

The DPP in rebutting the attorney said there was evidence that at the time Mitchell was killed, she was in a sexual relationship with another man.

Llewellyn said Causewell went to Mitchell's home the night she was killed and ordered a female friend to leave.

She further said Causewell was the last person to have seen Mitchell alive.

The DPP also pointed to testimony that Causewell admitted to a police Constable while sitting next to Mitchell's body at the University Hospital of the West Indies that he and Mitchell had an altercation in the one-bedroom apartment and he punched and hit her.