Bail Application Deferred for Man Who Sets 74-year-old Woman on Fire

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Jamaica Crime News, St James: A defence attorney on Wednesday postponed his bail application for Nickala Facey, the St. James man charged in connection with the death of a 74-year-old woman after setting her on fire.

Facey, who hails from Lima District in the parish, was slapped with a charge of murder after he allegedly doused Evelyn Blair with an inflammable liquid, believed to be gasolene, and set her on fire.

In court on Wednesday, attorney-at-law Martyn Thomas asked that the bail application be deferred so that he could take proper instructions regarding his client place of abode, as he said it appeared as if he has no fixed place of residence.

Presiding judge Sandria Wong-Small subsequently set the matter for mention on July 24 and remanded Facey in police custody.

According to reports, on April 25 this year sometime after 3 a.m., Blair was in her one-bedroom house when Facey allegedly broke in and tried to rape her. She managed to ward him off and rushed for a machete, and Facey fled the scene.

About 6:30 a.m., Blair was walking along the road heading to her daughter’s home when Facey allegedly attacked her and doused her with an inflammable liquid and set her on fire.

She was rushed to the Cornwall Regional Hospital where she was admitted with burn affecting 98% of her body. She died two days later.

On June 4, Facey surrendered to the police, and was positively identified during an identification Parade on June 8. He was charged following a question and answer session on June 9.

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