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Judge maintains businessman has case to answer in Oaklands murder

Published:Tuesday | August 30, 2016 | 8:33 PM
Justice Carol Lawrence-Beswick yesterday stopped the testimonies by the defence to ask the prosecutor to address certain aspects of the matter against accused murderer, corporate area businessman Stephen Causewell.

The defence is to begin its closing arguments when the Oakland murder case resumes in the Home Circuit Court on Monday.

In a rare development after a one-month break in the case, Justice Carol Lawrence-Beswick yesterday stopped the testimonies by the defence to ask the prosecutor to address certain aspects of the matter against accused murderer, corporate area businessman Stephen Causewell.

He is on trial for the 2008 murder of his ex-girlfriend Nardia Mitchell at her Oakland Apartments home in St Andrew.

On the weekend, the judge wrote to the Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn, asking for written and oral submissions on certain aspects of the Crown's case.

The submissions were heard yesterday in the absence of the jury to which defence lawyer Jacqueline Samuels Brown also responded.

Following the submissions, Justice Lawrence-Beswick appeared in court this morning and maintained her July 27 ruling that Causewell has a case to answer.

Already, Causewell has given an unsworn statement and called six witnesses.