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Absent witness forces the delay in murder trial

Published:Thursday | January 10, 2013 | 12:00 AM

THE MURDER trial of Christopher Dixon, 33, upholsterer of Seaview Gardens, Kingston 11, who has been in custody since June 2004, has been put off to January 14 because the main witness for the prosecution was absent.

Dixon was further remanded after the case was adjourned on January 7.

beaten to death

He is charged with the murder of 29-year-old reputed psychic, Safa Asuntuwa, who was beaten to death between June 24 and 25, 2002. The body was found in a gully off the Cavaliers main road in St Andrew about 10:30 a.m. on June 25, 2002.

It is being alleged that Dixon and another man were the last to have seen Asuntuwa alive. Dixon was convicted in June 2003 of the murder, but in June 2004, the Court of Appeal ordered a retrial. Dixon is in custody awaiting a new trial. The case had to be put off on several occasions, because of absent witnesses.

The prosecution and the police are asking the witness, Michael Thompson of Mount Joy in rural St Andrew to contact the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution or the Constant Spring Police.