Jamaica Crime News, Portland: 21-year-old Simeon Anthony Sutherland of Buff Bay in Portland, who was recently charged with the murder of East Portland Member of Parliament Dr. Lynvale Bloomfield, was remanded into custody when he appeared before the Port Antonio Parish Court on Friday morning, March 8.
Sutherland who is represented by Attorney-at-law Peter Champagnie was ordered to return to court on March 21.
During his appearance in court, lawyer Champagnie made it known to the court that he intends to apply for the case against his client to be transferred to the Home Circuit Court in Kingston, based on the fact that Sutherland and his family are in fear of their lives since the incident.
Sutherland was taken into custody following evidence gathered at the scene of the crime, but he was later released. A number of the evidence were then sent for testing in Kingston, and based on the forensic results, the accused was taken back into custody and charged on March 2.
Following the murder, Detectives attached to the Portland Major Investigation Division (MID), recovered important data from a cellular phone, which was reported stolen from the home of the slain Member of Parliament.
It is also reported that a voice on the phone data which allegedly sounded like that of the accused, was overheard making several demands and threats from the murdered MP, such as wanting a car, money and a cell phone.
59-year-old, Lynvale Bloomfield who resided at Paisely Gardens in Portland, was discovered stabbed to death at his home, on Saturday morning, February 2.
Reports are that about 10:00 a.m., Dr. Bloomfield’s helper arrived at the house and stumbled upon his naked body lying in a pool of blood, in his bedroom.
The police were summoned and upon arrival, it was discovered that Dr. Bloomfield had multiple stab wounds all over his body.
Dr. Bloomfield’s body was transported to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Two bloody knives and a vest were found at the scene and were sent off to the lab in Kingston for testing.