“Three persons know what happen to Britney – Britney, God and me”.
This was part of the evidence brought to the fore by the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Christopher Nelson as he addressed the jury in closing the case of the State in the Capital Murder charge brought against Demlyn “Dumpling” Murray.
The jury is expected to inform the court sometime today about their verdict on the trial that covered a three month period.
The accused was charged in connection with the April 2016 death of his 15-year-old sister-in-law Britney Baptiste, a school girl of Good Hope, St. Paul’s.
The teenager had left home on March 19th, 2016 to visit a sister in Beaulieu, St. George and was reported missing but many did not realise that she had returned to the village on the same night.
The evidence brought forward in the court before the Jury is that one of the residents saw her walking towards her home sometime around 10.00 p.m. and 20 minutes later saw Murray walking in the same direction.
There was also evidence to show that Murray entered his home where he lived with his wife and children around 11:00 p.m. that same night.
The wife who gave evidence reported that her husband, who was sweating profusely, did something unusual on the night by choosing to sleep on the floor and not in the same bed with her.
Approximately 24 hours after the body was discovered near the residences of both “Dumpling” and Britney’s mother, Murray was arrested and taken into custody as the main suspect.
According to evidence before the court, police investigators had questioned him about some visible scratches that were seen around the area of his neck.
It is revealed that “Dumpling” did not co-operate with the lawmen and refused to grant permission to have DNA tests done.
In presenting his case before Madam Justice Paula Gilford at the St. George’s No.1 High Court on St. John’s Street, St. George’s on Tuesday, defence attorney George Prime told the jurors that someone had attacked Britney but it was not his client.
“This is not a case to be emotional – emotions have no room in a trial of this matter. This case is based on circumstantial evidence and the difficulty with circumstantial evidence is that it points away from incriminating evidence”, he said.
“This man did not do anything…the function of the jury is to determine the case based on evidence led by the Prosecution. You can’t judge the case on the fact that you don’t like how he (Murray) looks in the docks. What should be looked at is what is the case of the Prosecution? How strong is the defence? Did the case improve after the defendant gave his version of the facts or did it fall short?
Prime also told jurors: “We ask that the verdict must be consistent with the evidence…for there to be a conviction, members of the jury, the Prosecution must improve its case”.
Murray sat in the prisoner’s docks nodding his head in agreement to Prime’s questions about alleged lack of evidence as presented by the Prosecution during the trial.
DPP Nelson did not deny the fact that the case was based on circumstantial evidence but felt it was strong enough to result in a conviction of the murder accused.
He said: “There was nothing to test against because “Dumpling” refused to give permission (for DNA test). This case is a simple circumstantial evidence case. I want you to pay attention and I wish that you consider the basis of the Prosecution’s case.”
Nelson pointed out in his address to the jury that evidence has shown that Murray who was on bail for rape against the deceased, made several statements saying that he would kill her if she continued to call his name.
He also alluded to a statement allegedly made by the accused in relation to Britney’s disappearance in which he was quoted as saying, “some man maybe kill her and throw her in some bush”.
In addition, the DPP noted that the accused refused to help search for her on the grounds that “me and the girl in court, so I en going and search.”
DPP Nelson told the court that when Britney’s body was found “all of a sudden passion and concern came back” from the accused.
When the body of Britney was found, the Chief State Prosecutor said, “everything was in place…so this is not someone who was going after sex, this is someone who simply wanted to kill. Killing was in his mind, so it came naturally and easily.”
A total of 15 witnesses where called by the Prosecution and four by the defence.