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Judge throws out no-case submission in Oakland murder

Published:Thursday | July 28, 2016 | 4:10 PM

 Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

High Court judge Carol Lawrence Beswick has thrown out the no-case submission made by lawyers representing businessman Stephen Causewell in the Oakland murder.

This means he will have to put up a defence in the trial now underway at the Home Circuit Court in Kingston.

Causewell is being tried for the 2008 murder of his ex-girlfriend Nardia Mitchell at her Oakland Apartment in St Andrew.

His attorney Jacqueline Samuels Brown is now moving to arrange witnesses to testify.

The witnesses include a Canadian expert.

Earlier this week, Mrs Samuels Brown had asked the judge to throw out the case arguing that the prosecution had failed to counter the question of self defence.

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

In rebutting the attorney, the director of public prosecutions, Paula Llewellyn said the case should be put to the seven-member jury to determine its strength and weakness.

She said Causewell had admitted to a constable that he and Mitchell had a fight inside her Oakland apartment during which he had hit her.

The DPP also said Causewell was the last person to see Mitchell alive.

According to her, the same evening the woman was killed at her home, Causewell had reportedly chased out a friend from her apartment on his arrival.