The State has produced another two witnesses on the Witness Stand to provide evidence in the ongoing Preliminary Inquiry into the murder of 15-year old school girl, Britney Baptiste of Good Hope in St. Paul’s.
Charged with the murder is 44-year-old Demlyn Murray who is married to the sister of the deceased.
The PI, which resumed last week Thursday, is being presided over by Chief Magistrate, Her Honour Tamara Gill at the St. George’s No.1 Magistrate’s Court.
Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Christopher Nelson, QC, who is leading the case for the State called to the stand two sisters of the deceased, one of which is the wife of the murder suspect.
The sisters were asked a number of questions about their sister who was a student at the Happy Hill Secondary School, St. George, and Murray, the man charged with the murder.
Britney’s body was found on March 21 in a neighbour’s plot of land covered among some balizier leaves.
Family members had reported her missing to the Police after she did not return home from visiting her sister at La Mode, St. George on the night of March 19.
A neighbour came forward with information that he saw her going down a grass track leading to the house on the same night but she was apparently attacked by someone minutes later.
According to the autopsy report, the teenager died as a result of asphyxiation (a compression of blood vessels and air passages) and manual strangulation.
THE NEW TODAY understands that Murray also known as “Dumplin”, who was previously employed as a cleaner at the T.A Marryshow Community College (TAMCC) also, faces a charge of unlawful “sexual intercourse” with the deceased.
The incident, which dates back to December 2015, was due for hearing a few weeks before the teenager was killed.
During the court proceedings, the murder suspect seemed to be a bit uneasy and aggravated as the two sisters gave their testimony before the Chief Magistrate.
Family members of the murdered teenager were once again present in court to observe the proceedings.
The Chief Magistrate has adjourned the matter to June 1.