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Jury fails to reach verdict in triple murder trial

Published:Thursday | October 30, 2014 | 5:56 PM

Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The jury which heard the murder trial of the two fishermen charged with the September 2004 killings of three children in Portmore, St. Catherine has failed to reach a verdict.




The 12-member jury deliberated for three hours and 25 minutes before informing the court that it could not reach a decision.



The judge then ordered a retrial and extended the bail of the accused men.



The matter has been set for mention on January 30, 2015.



That will be the third trial for the men.



Rohan McCarthy and Ricardo Britton had been on trial since September 18 in the Home Circuit Court.



It was alleged that on September 14, 2004 McCarthy and Britton threw gasolene around Pansy Henry's three-bedroom wooden house and lit it with a bottle torch.



Three of her children, five-year-old twin boys Tyrique and Tyrone Henry and three-year-old Moesha Lee perished in the fire.



Following investigations by the police, the two men were later arrested and charged.



In their defence, the men told the court that they were at home at the time of the fire.



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