Murder of schoolgirl in Jamaica …”TRINI TEACHER CHARGED”

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A Trinidadian teacher has been charged with murder in Jamaica.

Sanju Maharaj, 27, and Jamaican Leonardo Madden, appeared in court on Monday  charged with the murder of Shanoya Wray, 13, whose remains were found in a house in Mona, St Andrew, in July.

Relatives and friends protested outside the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court, calling for the accused killers to be denied bail.

Attorney Peter Champagnie, who is representing Madden, had indicated on the last occasion when the accused man appeared in court that he was going to apply for bail at the next hearing. However, he asked for a psychiatric evaluation of his client.

Champagnie told Parish Judge Vaughn Smith that after visiting his client on a number of occasions, he is of the view that psychiatric evaluation is necessary.

Attorney Norman Manley, who is one of three lawyers representing the Trinidadian, asked for the matter to be transferred to the Committal Court, given that the post-mortem result, which in this case does not have the cause death, was the only outstanding element of the case. The judge agreed and the matter was transferred from the mention court. Both accused men were subsequently remanded and are scheduled to return to court on October 12.

Queen’s Counsel Tom Tavares-Finson and Donahue Martin also represent Maharaj, but were absent on Monday.

In the meantime the small group of protesters, who had gathered in front of the courthouse while the matter was being heard, also called for justice.
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PROTESTERS OUTSIDE THE COURT. INSET: Shanoya Wray

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