Prelim exam for St James man accused of stabbing stepson
Christopher Thomas, Gleaner Writer
WESTERN BUREAU:A Lilliput, St James, man who allegedly stabbed his stepson to death during a dispute is booked to return before the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court for a preliminary examination in September.
Clifton Bailey is charged with the murder of 16-year-old Trevoy Jones.
When the case was mentioned on Monday, Resident Magistrate Sheron Barnes was told that the post-mortem report was now on file, but the forensic and medical certificates were still outstanding.
The investigating officer explained that the crime laboratory was running tests on the blood found on the murder weapon.
Meanwhile, Bailey's defence attorney, Morrel Beckford, expressed confidence that his client's claim of self-defence would be upheld.
"There were eyewitnesses who indicated what, in law, would amount to self-defence," Beckford told the court.
The case was set for preliminary examination on September 12.
Allegations are that on January 8, Bailey and Jones got into an argument over the teenager coming home late. Both brandished knives and a fight ensued during which Jones was stabbed in the left shoulder near his neck while Bailey was stabbed in the face.
Jones was later pronounced dead at hospital.