The highly anticipated Preliminary Inquiry into the May 19 Saigon chopping death of Kendall Smith, 30, commenced Monday at the St. George’s No. 1 Magistrate’s Court with the Prosecution calling its first witness to give evidence, the mother of the deceased, who is seeking justice for her son’s gruesome slaying.
However, Anabella Frederick’s testimony came to an abrupt halt, when the State Prosecutor, Crown Counsel in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Howard Pinnock, raised objection to a question posed by defense counsel, Attorney-at-law, Derick Sylvester.
The question from the lawyer related to the character of the deceased man, who died after receiving an estimated 15 chop wounds to his body at the hands of the six St. George residents who are before Chief Magistrate, Tamara Gill.
A 17-year-old secondary school student is among the accused who have been implicated in the indictable Non-Capital murder charge, for the fatal chopping incident of Smith.
The other murder accused persons are 26-year-old Maintenance Worker, Robert Stephen from Mont Toute, Construction Workers Alpheus Thomas, 33, of Grand Anse Valley, Chevon Stephen, 19, of Woodlands, along with 23-year-old Janitor, Ronnie Thomas, as well as 33-year-old Fisherman, Micah Stephen of Grand Anse Housing Scheme.
The defense team comprising of Attorneys Sylvester, Darshan Ramdhani and Francis Williams attempted to ask the first witness questions about the character of her deceased son, citing points of law, which gave support to this line of questioning given the peculiar circumstances of the case.
After a lengthy period of back and forth among the lawyers and Pinnock to persuade the court with their arguments, Magistrate Gill requested that both parties make their submissions in writing before a decision is made.
THE NEW TODAY understands that the circumstances leading to Smith’s death may have been a revenge attack following an earlier physical altercation he had with another relative of the murder accused men referred to as ‘Timmy’ on May 19.
Timmy reportedly sustained severe chop wounds to his head, face and arms from the deceased.
It is believed that Smith was ambushed by his attackers as he was inside a small shop that he operated in Saigon which is located close to the Sugar Mill round-a-bout.
The Preliminary Inquiry into Smith’s death has been adjourned to October 12.