Wed | Jul 18, 2018

DPP intervenes in Crystal Towers murder case to keep accused in jail

Published:Wednesday | March 15, 2017 | 6:12 PM
DPP Paula Llewellyn

The director of public prosecutions has intervened in the Crystal Towers murder case taking steps to have the accused remain in police custody.

Phillip Brown was granted bail in the sum of $1 million with one or two sureties when he appeared in the Corporate Area Criminal Court in February for the murder his ex-girlfriend.

However, up to earlier this month he not taken up bail.

According to DPP Paula Llewellyn, it is unfortunate that Brown was granted bail given the weight of the evidence against him, including a caution statement in which he allegedly confessed to killing 31-year-old Kerry-Ann Wilson.


DPP Paula Llewellyn

She says shortly after news began circulating about Brown being granted bail, several people including attorneys contacted her, urging her to act.

Image result for phillip brown granted bail jamaica gleaner
IN PHOTO: Phillip Brown

The DPP said by that time, however, the period for her to appeal against the bail offer had already passed and so on Friday; she entered a conditional nolle prosequi in the parish court discontinuing the matter there.

At the same time, the DPP entered a voluntary bill of indictment to transfer the matter to the circuit court.

Brown appeared in the Home Circuit Court last week and was denied bail.


DPP Paula Llewellyn

The DPP says the matter will now be placed on a priority list as the prosecution is ready for trial.