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Attorney wants Bloomfield murder case transferred to Kingston

Published:Friday | March 8, 2019 | 12:00 AM
Dr Lynvale Bloomfield

Attorney-at-law Peter Champagnie is to apply to the Port Antonio Parish Court to transfer the murder case of Dr Lynvale Bloomfield to the Home Circuit Court in Kingston.

Champagnie made the announcement this morning on behalf of his client, 21-year-old Simieon Sutherland who is charged with the February 2 murder of the Portland Eastern Member of Parliament.

According to Champagnie, a recent utterance from a political platform has heightened the fear for Sutherland and his family.

"I wish it be clear that the death of the deceased was not politically motivated. Any further statements publicly must be avoided,” Champagnie said.

Sutherland has been remanded until March 21 when the court will hear the application for the matter to be transferred.

He was charged with Bloomfield’s murder on March 1, after being twice detained by police investigators.  

A senior investigator, who requested anonymity, told The Gleaner that Sutherland, who is of a Buff Bay, Portland address, admitted to having a close relationship with Bloomfield.

Bloomfield was found with multiple stab wounds on the morning of February 2 at his Passley Gardens home in Portland.

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