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Man who allegedly killed stepbrother remanded in custody

Published: Sunday February 17, 2013 | 6:06 pm Comments 0

A 27-year-old man, charged with killing his step brother and wounding his father and stepmother, was remanded when he appeared in the Spanish Town Resident Magistrate's court on Friday.

He is Vernal Whyte, who is charged with the death of his 15-year-old stepbrother, Norval Plummer, in Christian Pen, Portmore.

His attorney, Clive Mullings, argued in court that his client had been in custody for a long time and was fit for bail.

It was revealed that the accused was seen by a psychiatrist and was fit to plea, but the journal was absent from court.

Resident Magistrate Vaughn Smith said he needed to examine the journal to see what the psychiatrist’s findings were and ordered that Whyte be remanded until March 12.

According to court documents, on June 20 last year about 6 a.m., Whyte was involved in a dispute with Plummer whom he chopped to death with a machete.

His stepmother intervened after she heard screams and was chopped on her hand. Whyte’s father, who attempted to rescue his wife, was also chopped by Whyte.

The injured were taken to hospital where Plummer was pronounced dead.

Whyte later turned himself over to the Portmore police. He was charged with murder and two counts of wounding.

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