Jamaica Crime News, St James: A St. James man charged with homicide after allegedly stabbing a university student over 50 times is set to stand trial in the St. James Circuit Court on September 30.
Twenty-one-year-old Rahjif Morgan of a Porto Bello address has been accused of the January 5 killing of Demar Stennett, who was a student at the University of Technology (Utech) at the time of his demise.
The ruling was handed down at a committal hearing in the St. James Parish Court on Thursday by presiding parish judge Kaysha Grant who offered him fresh bail in the amount of $1 million with up to three sureties.
According to police reports, about 7:00 a.m. on the day of the murder, soldiers assigned to the zone of special operations (ZOSO) in Mt Salem were patrolling along Merriam Way when they saw Morgan standing beside a parked car. When questioned, he indicated to the soldiers that the vehicle had broken down. The soldiers became suspicious because of the manner in which Morgan was behaving, coupled with the fact that there were several wounds on his face. When the soldiers moved towards him, he ran into nearby bushes.
The soldiers went in pursuit of Morgan and caught up with him, and he engaged them in a fistfight before being subdued.
When he was taken back to the location of the car, the soldiers noticed a bloody knife inside. After he was questioned about the knife, Morgan reportedly took them to nearby bushes where Stennett’s body was seen with multiple stab wounds.
A post-mortem report revealed that Stennett was stabbed 54 times.