The man accused of killing the mother of his child in Bromington Hall, St Elizabeth last month has been remanded.
The court held that he is a flight risk and that there is concern about his safety if he were to be released from custody.
The accused appeared in the St.Elizabeth Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday to answer the murder charge.
He was ordered to return to court on January 13, 2014.
It is reported that on the morning of November 29 the man went to the house where the woman, 18-year-old Kimberly Simspon, her grandmother and son lived.
It is further reported that a dispute developed between the man and Simpson during which he allegedly chopped her to death.
He reportedly put their two-year-old son outside the house and then locked himself and Simpson inside after which he allegedly set the premises on fire.
An angry crowd, which converged on the scene, prevented the police from removing the man from the house for several hours.
The police resorted to using tear gas and firing warning shots in an attempt to disperse the mob.
However, residents would not budge as they insisted that the police should release the man to them so they could carry out their own brand of justice.
The standoff eventually ended and the accused was removed from the house and taken to hospital for treatment for injuries reportedly inflicted by angry residents before the police came to his assistance.
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