Good Hope St. Paul’s resident 46-year-old Demlyn ‘Dumplin’ Murray was last week Monday (May 14) committed to stand trial at the High Court for the offence of Sexual Intercourse with a Minor.
The decision was taken by Chief Magistrate Her Honour Tamara Gill, who presided over the Preliminary Inquiry into the alleged offence, which was committed sometime in August 2015, against the now deceased 15-year-old school girl, Brittney Baptiste, at her home in Good Hope St. Paul’s.
Leading the State’s case against the alleged sex-offender was Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Christopher Nelson QC, who called a total of 4 witnesses to give evidence in the almost 2-month long PI, which commenced at the No. 1 Magistrate’s Court in St. George’s on Monday March 19 and concluded last week Monday, May 14.
In December 2015, Murray, who worked as a Maintenance Worker at the T. A. Marryshow Community College (TAMCC), was arrested and charged for having sex with the 15-year-old girl, who was the niece of his wife.
The secondary school student, who resided in the same yard as Murray, was found dead on March 21, 2016 on a neighbour’s plot of land, covered under some balizier leaves, days before the inquiry into the alleged sex incident was scheduled to commence at the No. 1 Magistrate’s Court in St. George’s.
The alleged sex-offender was subsequently arrested and charged with Capital Murder in the death of the teenager, a matter which was given priority with the police prosecution.
Although the teenager is deceased, the State prosecution was able to proceed with the PI into the allegation, relying on the 2015 written statement of the 15-year-old, as provided for under the Evidence Act, which permits reliance on statements of victims who are dead, ill or unable to testify.
Murray, who was not represented by counsel throughout the inquiry, is also currently awaiting trial at the High Court for Capital Murder in the teenager’s death.