St Elizabeth man on murder charge granted bail
A St Elizabeth man accused of the brutal murder of his girlfriend has been offered $500,000 bail.
Marlon Martin was granted bail when he appeared in the Santa Cruz Resident Magistrate’s Court yesterday.
Martin was ordered to report to the Black River Police Station on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.
He was also ordered to submit his fingerprint and surrender all travel documents.
A stop order was placed at ports of entry against him.
He is to reappear in court on January 25, 2015 when the case will be mentioned.
Martin was arrested and charged with the murder of the mother of his child, Marsha Thomas.
Her body was found in Luana on Sunday May 25 this year with several stab wounds.
The allegations are that on Saturday, May 24 Thomas was seen in the Black River area when she went to collect her child.
It is further alleged that she was seen in the company of Martin later that night about a mile from where her body was found the following day.
It is reported that on the same Saturday night Martin informed Thomas’ parents that he had not seen her and that efforts to contact her were unsuccessful.
The court was also told that the day after the body was discovered Martin reported Thomas missing to the police.
After being questioned by the police, he was arrested but later released.
However, he was again taken into custody and charged after a forensic certificate showed the deceased’s woman’s blood was found inside his vehicle.
Her blood was also found on a pair of slippers said to have been worn by the accused on the day the murder was committed.
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