Christopher Thomas, Gleaner Writer
The Clark's Town Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday dropped its murder charge against the Trelawny woman who reportedly helped to dispose of her teenage daughter's newborn in the Stetin community on May 30.
Hyacinth Carnegie, who allegedly helped her daughter to dispose of the baby in a pit latrine, is now charged only with concealment of birth, while the teenager is currently charged with murder. They were remanded in police custody, as they had not secured suitable sureties for bail, and the teen's psychiatric report was not ready.
DIFFICULTY FINDING SURETIES
Carnegie had previously been offered bail in the sum of $50,000 on the concealment charge, while her daughter was offered bail in the sum of $100,000 on the murder charge. However, Carnegie has, so far, not been able to take up the bail offer as she has not found suitable sureties who can accommodate her outside the Stetin community.
"There is still the bail offer of $50,000, but she just cannot find anyone to bail her," Resident Magistrate Icoline Reid said of Carnegie, when the matter was mentioned yesterday. "The murder charge no longer stands because of what the co-accused has said (to police). If someone bails the mother, that person can bail the child, but the mother has to go first."
The prosecution told the court that the teenager's psychiatric report and a scene-of-crime CD were still outstanding from its case file.
No mention date was given in court even as Carnegie and her daughter were subsequently taken back into police custody.