The tiny village of Richmond Hill overlooking the island’s sole prison was stunned last weekend over the murder of a young man by his former lover.
Dead is 24-year old Kadeem Scantlebury who was allegedly killed by 22-year old Delion Hypolite, a young lady that he once was attached to romantically.
Hypolite has been charged with non-capital murder and made her first appearance on Tuesday before Magistrate Tahira Gellineau at the St. George’s No.2 Magistrate’s Court.
THE NEW TODAY understands that Hypolite received a stab wound on Friday evening and died at the St. George’s General Hospital on the following day.
Hypolite appeared to be well-composed as she was escorted to court by a female police officer to answer the charge of non-capital murder that was laid against her.
According to residents in the area, the murder accused and the deceased, who were previously involved in a romantic relationship, were always at loggerheads in recent time.
One resident said that the two got into an altercation after the deceased threw a bucket of old oil on Delion while she was enjoying an afternoon out.
The incident happened just outside her home as the young lady crossed the street to purchase barbecue chicken.
The murder-accused reportedly stabbed the deceased in his chest and back with a knife after receiving a chop wound on her back with a cutlass.
Scantlebury was rushed to the St. George’s General Hospital, but succumbed to his injuries the following day.
It is understood that the incident did not come as a great surprise to persons familiar with the young couple, some of whom indicated that the deceased often showed very little respect to Hypolite.
One resident said that Scantlebury often used to embarrass his former lover whenever he felt like and sometimes in the presence of other persons.
Hypolite has retained the services of attorney-at-law, Ruggles Ferguson of the law firm Ciboney Chambers to represent her in the court matter.
However, during Tuesday’s hearing, the attorney was unavoidably absent and the matter was adjourned to August 4.
The police prosecution informed the court that it already had a list of 11 witnesses for the case against the 22-year-old.
Only two of those witnesses were present at the hearing – the mother of the murder accused and a police officer.
The police prosecution also indicated to the court that it is possible that more witnesses would be added to the list and gave the court the assurance that all names would be handed in by August 4.