Water lock-off disrupts court

Water lock-off disrupts court

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

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DETAINEES were not brought before the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court yesterday due to a lack of piped water at the facility.

However, water was later trucked to the facility and the other matters involving accused who are on bail were heard.

The Jamaica Observer sought to get a comment from the court regarding the situation but was told that the court administrator was absent. Calls were also made to the Court Management Services but up to press time the agency was unable to shed light on the situation.

Among the detainees who were not brought to court was the Jamaica Defence Force lieutenant who is accused of killing his wife, attorney-at-law Nordraka Williams Burnett. He is now scheduled to make his first appearance in court on Friday.

Thirty-five-year-old Kyodia Andrew Burnett, who was arrested and charged with murder following the December 13 death of his wife, was scheduled to appear in court yesterday after he was not brought on the previous court date on January 4. On that date investigators told the court that the accused had been unresponsive since his wife was killed, while his attorney Jacqueline Samuels Brown, QC, reported that he was receiving psychiatric treatment.

The body of the attorney was reportedly found lying on a bed with multiple stab wounds by police who reportedly forced their way into the room in which her husband had locked himself about 10:00 am on the day of the incident.

The couple’s two children — eight and three years old — who were present, were removed from the apartment by relatives.

Burnett’s husband, who is said to be a physiotherapist in the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), was being treated for depression while his wife was head of conveyance at the law firm operated by Christopher Townsend.

–— Tanesha Mundle

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