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Peter Vogel Murder Trial: Accused have case to answer

Published:Friday | June 23, 2017 | 5:02 PM

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

A High Court judge has ruled that the evidence presented by prosecutors in the trial of the former household helper accused of killing university lecturer Dr Peter Vogel rises above suspicion.

The ruling by Justice Evon Brown was handed down in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston as he turned down an application by defence attorneys to have the charges against their clients dismissed.

Yanika Scott, Vogel’s former live-in helper, and her boyfriend, Kelvin Downer, are on trial for killing the late lecturer at his home in College Commons, St Andrew on July 18, 2007.

Forensic pathologist, Dr S.N. Prasad Kadiyala testified that he died of asphyxia secondary to strangulation.