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Jury retires to consider verdict in Oaklands murder case

Published:Thursday | September 8, 2016 | 9:33 PM

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

A seven-member jury has now retired to decide the fate of businessman Steven Causwell in the Oaklands murder case.

The panel of four women and three men went off to the jury room at the Home Circuit Court a short while ago on the direction of presiding judge, Carol Lawrence-Beswick.

Before asking them to retire to consider the verdict, Lawrence Beswick cautioned the jurors to be true to their conscience.

Causwell is on trial for allegedly killing his ex-girlfriend Nardia Mitchell at her Oaklands Apartment home in St Andrew in July 2008.

He has denied the allegation.

But the prosecution has made him out to be an obsessive, compulsive ex-lover who was driven by jealousy to kill Mitchell after he found out that she was seeing another man.

In her closing arguments, the Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn called the ex-couple's relationship a "fatal attraction" saying shortly before her death, Causwell called Mitchell 76 times in less than 24 hours. 

She also pointed to evidence that he was the last to see her alive and admitted to having a fight with Mitchell on the fateful night punching her and giving her "a few licks".

His attorney, Jacqueline Samuels Brown has sought to discredit the circumstantial evidence saying the prosecution had failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Causwell caused Mitchell's death.