St James Man Charged for Murder of U-Tech Student Granted $1-M Bail

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Jamaica Crime News, Montego Bay: A St James man who appeared in the Montego Bay Parish Court on Wednesday, January 16, to answer to murder charges, was granted bail in the sum of one million dollars.

The accused 21-year-old Rahjif Morgan of Porto Bello in St James was issued bail with one to three sureties and is to reappear in Court on March 7.

Morgan who is represented by Attorney at Law Henry McCurdy, was charged for murder on Saturday, January 12, in connection with the stabbing death of 21-year-old U-TECH student, Demar Stennett, on Saturday, January 5.

Reports by the police are that about 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 5, a team of soldiers who are assigned to the Zone of Special Operation, currently taking place in the Mount Salem, were carrying out patrols duties along a section of Merriam Way, located in the Westgate area, when they saw the accused, Morgan, standing beside a parked motor car.

Morgan was approached by the soldiers, who inquired why he was at the location and he indicated to them that the vehicle was broken down.

Morgan who had several wounds to his face started to act in a suspicious manner and upon being approached by the soldiers, he ran into nearby bushes.

The soldiers gave chase and after catching up with the Morgan, he lashed out at the military men, inflicting a wound to the mouth of a member of the team.

He was reprimanded and brought back to the location of the parked vehicle, and that was when the soldiers noticed a bloody knife inside the car.

Further investigations in the area, led to the discovery of Stennett’s body, which was lying a few chains away, with multiple stab wounds.

The soldiers summoned the police and upon arrival, the scene was processed.

Stennett’s body was later removed from the scene and taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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