Jamaica Crime News, St Andrew: The 29-year-old Trinidadian teacher and his 19-year-old co-accused, who appeared in the St Andrew Parish Court on Monday, September 10, for the second time around to answer to murder charges against 13-year-old Shanoya Wray, were again remanded into custody.
The accused Trinidadian Saju Maharaj and 19-year-old Leonardo Madden, a former medical student at the University of the West Indies, who have been charged with accessory to murder, had their case set for October 12.
13-year-old Shanoya Wray went missing from her home in Kingston on July 15 and an Ananda Alert was sent out to locate her.
Reports were made to the police and following a series of investigations, the investigators were informed that Shanoya was seen in the company of the accused and this resulted in the two suspects being picked up.
About 8:00 a.m. on Friday, July 20, residents residing at Whalley Close, Kingston 6, stumbled upon the human skeletal remains of a female and alerted the police.
Upon arrival the lawmen the scene was processed and the remains removed and sent off to the lab for DNA testing.
The result of the test later confirmed that the skeletal remains were, in fact, those of missing 13-year-old Shanoya Wray.
This led to the arrest of the Trinidadian teacher and his teenage co-accused, who were both questioned in the presence of their lawyers and then slapped with criminal charges.
During the Court proceedings, Attorney-at-law Peter Champagnie, who is representing the teenager, asked for a psychiatric evaluation of his client.
In the meanwhile, close family members of the slain student, Shanoya Wray, staged a peaceful protest outside the Court House, stating that they want justice.