Utech Student on Murder Rap to Face Committal Hearing

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Jamaica Crime News, St James: A committal hearing has been scheduled for Rahjif Morgan, the man charged with the January 5 murder of University of Technology (UTech) student.

The 27-year-old Porto Bello, St James man has been charged with the murder of Demar Stennett.

During the mention of Morgan’s case on Thursday, presiding judge Sandria Wong-Small set the committal hearing for May 30. On that date, the matter will be transferred to the St. James Circuit Court where Morgan will face his trial.

His bail has been extended until May 30.

Stennett was stabbed to death along Merriam Way, near Westgate Hills in Montego Bay, on January 5.

It is alleged that at approximately 7 a.m. on the day of the murder, soldiers assigned to the zone of special operations, in Mt Salem were patrolling along Merriam Way when they saw Morgan standing beside a parked car.

When interrogated by the soldiers, Morgan reportedly told them that the vehicle had broken down. But his behaviour and several wounds on his face aroused the soldiers’ suspicions, and when they attempted to approach him, he ran into nearby bushes.

However, the soldiers chased and caught Morgan, who engaged them in a fistfight before being subdued. He was then brought back to the car, where the members of the Jamaica Defence Force discovered a bloody knife. He subsequently led them to nearby bushes, where Stennett’s body was found.


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