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Peter Vogel Murder Trial: Lawyer says prosecution has failed to connect helper to crime

Published:Friday | June 23, 2017 | 12:16 PM

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

The attorney representing the former household helper who is on trial for killing Dr Peter Vogel today argued that prosecutors have failed to connect her to the murder of the university lecturer.

According to the attorney, Jacqueline Asher, at the end of the prosecution's case there was no evidence for a jury to conclude that Vogel's former live-in helper, Yanika Scott, was involved in his death.

Scott and her boyfriend Kelvin Downer are on trial for murder in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston.

Vogel's body was found with his hands tied behind his back, his feet bound at the ankle, and a piece of cloth tied around his mouth at his home, located at College Commons in St Andrew on July 18, 2007.

Asher, who was making a no-case submission to have the charges against her client dismissed, argued that had Scott been found at the house or made contact with Dr Vogel's family there is a likelihood that she would not have been charged with a crime.

Still, the attorney argued, that Scott's action, without more, cannot form the basis of a conclusion that she participated in a murder.

Lead prosecutor Maxine Jackson is now responding to the no-case submissions by Asher and Downer's attorney, Diane Jobson.