Murder accused denied bail


February 22, 2016


A St Ann man, charged in connection with the December 2015 murder of St James resident Anthony Duhaney, was denied bail when he appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

Orane Williams, 26, was charged with murder and kidnapping after Duhaney's body was discovered in Content, St James, on December 10, 2015, with multiple stab wounds.

According to reports, Duhaney had been taken from his home in Albion district in the parish some time earlier. It is alleged that some time afterwards, a man contacted Duhaney's relatives by phone.

It is further alleged that following the discovery of Duhaney's body, Williams was held by the police in Burnt Savannah, St Elizabeth, on January 20, and was subsequently arrested and charged.

In making a bail application on Thursday, Williams' attorney, Ernie Smith, argued that there was no statement on record from any witness claiming that his client had been seen in the parish of St James between 2014 and 2015.

However, the prosecution opposed bail for Williams on the grounds that he would interfere with the police's investigations. It was also disclosed that the post-mortem report and Communication Forensic and Cyber-Crimes (CFCU) report were outstanding.

Resident Magistrate Sandria Wong-Small subsequently set the case for mention on March 29, and remanded Williams in custody until the next court date.

- C.T.

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