Bail for accused in stabbing death


December 09, 2015


A St James man accused of stabbing another to death during a confrontation in 2013 was offered bail in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Kemar Sawyers, charged with murder for the death of Adolphus Campbell, was granted $350,000 bail with three sureties, following a successful bail application by his attorney, Henry McCurdy.


Allegations are that on September 6, 2013, Sawyers and Campbell were involved in an argument that soon turned physical. During the fight, a knife was used to stab Campbell in the chest.

Sawyers fled the scene soon after, and Campbell was rushed to the Cornwall Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Sawyers was eventually taken into police custody on October 5, 2015.

"Where was he (Sawyers) between September 2013 and October 2015?" Resident Magistrate Sandria Wong-Small asked McCurdy, after the allegations were outlined.

"He was in the parish, selling and trying to make a living for himself ... the reason for the delay is that the deceased man's son was a soldier, and before the incident, the deceased said that he would send for his soldier son against Mr Sawyers," McCurdy replied.

"I think that with strict conditions, Mr Sawyers will return to face his day in court," he added.

The court was also told that the defence was claiming self-defence in the incident, as Sawyers and Campbell had reportedly had a prior history of disputes with provocation from the deceased.

In granting bail, Wong-Small instructed him to report to the Barnett Street Police Station three times weekly. He is to stay at home between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. daily. He returns to court on January 6, 2016.


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