Man walks free from murder charge

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December 24, 2015

A man who was accused of stabbing another man 16 times, five of which were in the back, has been freed of murder.

David Spragg, 27, storehouse clerk from a Kingston address, was freed after the 12-member jury retired for more than three hours and found him not guilty. He was acquitted of the murder of 39-year-old Othniel Morris of Regent Street, Kingston.

The Crown led evidence at the trial in the Home Circuit Court that on May 4, 2012, Morris was attacked and stabbed 16 times. Five of the stab wounds were to his back.

Spragg said that on the day of the incident, he was called to rescue his mother who was being assaulted by Morris, her former boyfriend. He said that Morris attacked him with a knife and he managed to disarm him and stab him three times.

Spragg told the jury that he saw men from the community coming towards him and he ran because he did not know if they were going to attack him.

A policemen said, under cross-examination by defence lawyer Peter Champagnie, that he knew Morris. He agreed that Morris had a checkered history and was accustomed to being taken to the police station in relation to complaints against him.

Justice David Fraser presided at the trial.

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