Launtia Cuff, Gleaner Writer
SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth:
THE MAN accused of killing Kimberly Simpson, the 18-year-old mother of his two-year-old son, was on Tuesday remanded when he appeared before the St Elizabeth Resident Magistrate's Court.
He is set to return to court on January 13.
The accused, who was charged last week, was remanded as it is believed he is a flight risk and because there are concerns for his safety stemming from an attempted mob killing following Simpson's death.
The allegations are that some time after 10 a.m. on November 29, the accused went to the house where Simpson, her grandmother and son lived when a dispute developed; the accused locked himself in the house with Simpson, where he is alleged to have chopped her to death in front of their son. He is then reported to have put the child outside the house and lit it.
There was, however, no significant damage to the house as the Junction Fire Station arrived on the scene shortly after the fire was set.
An angry crowd, which converged on the scene, prevented the police from removing the man from the house for several hours.
The police had to resort to using tear gas and firing warning shots to disperse the angry crowd, which had set fire to debris in the road and had started throwing rocks. The police were finally able to remove the man, who had to be taken to hospital as a result of injuries the mob inflicted prior to the arrival of the police. Since then, the police say they have brought him back for further medical treatment for other issues.