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Weather conditions force court adjournment

Published:Wednesday | October 24, 2012

DETERIORATING WEATHER conditions yesterday caused Justice Lloyd Hibbert, who is presiding in the murder trial of police constable Rushon Hamilton, to adjourn the case until today.

Hamilton is charged with the murder of 14-year-old Jhaneel Goulbourne.

Justice Hibbert had decided to complete his summation to the jury yesterday. He asked them if they would be willing to sit during the lunch hour so they could deliberate early.

Need for medication

Some of the jurors said they had medication to take and so could not sit beyond 1 p.m.

On resumption at 2 p.m., some of the jurors said they had personal matters to deal with so they could not sit late yesterday.

The Crown is alleging at the trial in the Home Circuit Court that Hamilton murdered the girl because he was arrested and charged with carnal abuse after she made a report to the police against him.

She was abducted from her gate in Harbour View, St Andrew, on October 24, 2008. The body has not been found, but the Crown is relying on circumstantial evidence and alleged confessions by Hamilton to prove its case against him.