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Judge could rule today on no-case submission in Oakland murder

Published:Wednesday | July 27, 2016 | 7:53 AM
Stephen Causewell's attorney Jacqueline Samuels Brown has asked the judge to dismiss the matter saying the prosecution had failed to provide sufficient evidence to support its claim that the businessman had murdered his ex-girlfriend.

A High Court judge could today rule whether businessman Stephen Causewell has a case to answer in relation to the death of his ex-girlfriend Nardia Mitchell at her Oakland Apartments home in July 2008.

Yesterday, the judge reserved ruling after hearing arguments from the defence and the prosecution.

Causewell's attorney Jacqueline Samuels Brown had asked the judge to dismiss the matter saying the prosecution had failed to provide sufficient evidence to support its claim that the businessman had murdered Mitchell.

But the Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn rebutted saying the seven-member jury should be allowed to determine the "strength or weakness" of the case.

According to the DPP, there was evidence that at the time Mitchell was killed, she was in a sexual relationship with another man.

Llewellyn said on the fateful night of July 2008 when Mitchell was killed, Causewell went to her Oakland Apartment home and ordered a female friend to leave the building.

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

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