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High drama as alleged murderer faints in court
2013-09-19 18:08:07 | (0 Comments)
Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator
It was high drama today as the Home Circuit Court heard the murder case against Rohan Masters who is charged with the death of former gas station operator Sylvia Edwards.
During the trial this morning, Masters began shouting that the proceedings were unfair.
The prosecution was in the process of tendering into evidence a shovel and a pickaxe that were allegedly found in a motorcar in which Masters and other men were held by the police.
However, Masters objected to the evidence.
He shouted to Senior Puisne Judge Gloria Smith, who is presiding at the trial, that the prosecution was building a case and the witnesses were being coached.
Masters fainted shortly after he made the outbursts and had to be rushed to hospital.
The case was adjourned and the jurors told to return at 2 o’ clock this afternoon.
On resumption attorney-at-law Peter Champagnie, who is representing Masters, asked that the trial be aborted because he believes that his client would not get a fair trial based on what had taken place earlier in court.
Senior Puisne Judge Gloria Smith granted the application and discharged the jurors.
Masters, who had returned from the hospital, was present in court and he was remanded to return on October 11 when the case will be mentioned.
This will be the second time that Masters is being re-tried.
In 2005, the Court of Appeal quashed his verdict and ordered a retrial.
Edwards was kidnapped and later found dead in a shallow grave in Constitution Hill, St. Andrew in 2000.
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