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Peter Vogel Murder Trial: Accused refused to provide police with DNA samples

Published:Wednesday | June 21, 2017 | 2:49 PM
Slain university lecturer Dr Peter Vogel.

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer‎

The police officer who led the investigation into the killing of University of the West Indies lecturer, Dr Peter Vogel, revealed today that the late lecturer's live-in helper refused his request to provide DNA samples.

Deputy Superintendent Webster Francis was giving evidence in the murder trial of Yanika Scott, Vogel's former helper, and her boyfriend Kelvin Downer, in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston.

Francis said Downer also refused to provide DNA samples.

Dr Vogel's body was found with his hands tied behind his back and his feet bound at the ankles in the study room at his home in College Commons, St Andrew in July 2007.

Yesterday retired police sergeant Adrian Dennie said Scott told him, during an interview at the Montego Bay Police Station in May 2012, that masked gunmen entered the home on the night Vogel was killed.

According to Dennie, the former helper claimed the men ordered her and her boyfriend into Vogel's car which was loaded with items from the house, before releasing her in Half-Way Tree.

Francis, however, testified that when he interviewed Scott she was asked a total of 113 questions and only gave "specific answers" to enquiries about her name, address, occupation and date of birth.