The Preliminary Inquiry into the December 2016 untimely death of Ariel Bolah, a nine-year old primary school girl, commenced on December 20 at the St. George’s No. 1 Magistrate’s Court before Chief Magistrate Tamara Gill.
THE NEW TODAY understands that the State called three witnesses to give evidence against 17-year-old Twely Joseph, who is charged with Capital Murder for the dreadful crime.
Heavily guarded by police, the murder accused who is a dropout from the JW Fletcher Secondary School was hurriedly escorted to the courthouse for the start of the PI.
Joseph was accompanied by both his parents who showed up to give support to him.
Due to the nature of the case, the media was not allowed inside the courtroom.
However, THE NEW TODAY understands that the State Prosecution team, which is being led by Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Christopher Nelson QC, still has a list of several witnesses to fine tune before concluding its case against the teenager.
The news of the young girl’s killing created uproar and an emotional state of affairs in the country, as scores of angry persons flocked the vicinity St. George’s Magistrate’s Court to get a glimpse of the young man accused of raping and killing her.
However, the atmosphere was quite serene when the youngster, who is currently remanded to the Richmond Hill Prison, made his second court appearance for mention and his third, for the commencement of the PI.
Ariel went missing on November 17 and her body was found by a search party the following day in a bushy area close to where she lived in Frequente, St. George.
She was a student of the Grand Anse Roman Catholic School and was reported missing to the police by her mother after she did not return home from school.
One of her friends reported seeing the 9-year-old walking in the vicinity of her home clad in her school uniform, school shoes in her hands and water boots on her feet.
According to the friend, a male figure was seen walking very close to her as the young girl headed home.
The PI into the death of the young girl is scheduled to continue on January 26 before Chief Magistrate Gill.