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Clothing tendered into evidence in rape-murder of 9-y-o

Published:Tuesday | June 28, 2022 | 12:09 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:

Several pieces of clothing, including the underwear belonging to a nine-year-old schoolgirl who was raped and killed in 2018, were tendered into evidence on Monday in a case against a 17-year-old boy accused of rape, buggery and murder.

The exhibits – a blue tunic-pleated uniform, blue blouse, yellow merino, navy blue shorts, pink underwear, and a red tights – were tendered by the Crown, led by Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn, in the Westmoreland Circuit Court.

They were all identified by a senior crime-scene detective as those taken off the victim’s body during a post-mortem held at the Doyley’s Funeral Services in the parish on June 8, 2018.

The detective told the court that he was present when the doctor examined the mutilated body of the child.

A senior forensic scientist at the Institute of Forensic Science and Legal Medicine (IFSLM) also gave evidence for the Crown, via video link, in relation to the chain of custody of the exhibits taken to the lab. She told the court that she collected several packages containing swabs, blood and hair taken from the vagina and anus of the victim, as well as clothing, on June 7 and 11, 2018, respectively, from two police officers.

The exhibited documents received were examined by her to confirm that they were the same contents as enclosed in packages as labelled by the police; following which she affixed a label bearing forensic lab codes, before handing them over to a custodian at that lab for safekeeping and examination.

The prosecution is alleging that on June 5 2018, the nine-year-old girl was raped, buggered, and killed by the teenager, who was 13 years old at the time and lived near to the victim.

The trial, which started last week Tuesday before a seven-member jury, is to hear from two other senior executives from the IFSLM today as Llewellyn and her deputies, Rennelle Morgan and Loriann Tugwell, prepare to close their case before Supreme Court judge Justice Courtney Day.

The defence team is being led by Denley Saddoo and is supported by Devon Brown.

albert.ferguson@gleanerjm.com