Tuesday 4 August, 2020

Bail hearing set for man charged with Bloomfield's murder

The 20-year-old man charged with the murder of Dr Lynvale Bloomfield, the former Member of Parliament (MP) for East Portland, is to return to the Portland Parish Court for a bail hearing on May 3.

Simeon Sutherland, a resident of Buff Bay in Portland, appeared in court on Thursday, and was further remanded in custody.

He was arrested by investigators assigned to the Major Investigative Division (MID) after forensic evidence reportedly linked him to the scene of the crime.

Bloomfield was found with multiple stab wounds by an employee at his home in Passley Gardens, Portland about 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 2.

Two knives that were recovered at the politician's home, along with a vest that was found in bushes near the premises, were said to be vital evidence in the case, and were all been sent for forensic examination.

Sutherland was initially detained on February 13 by investigators from the MID, who have led the probe into Bloomfield’s death.

From the initial questioning, it was revealed that Sutherland admitted to having been with Bloomfield several hours prior to his nude body being discovered with stab wounds, but Sutherland reportedly denied knowing anything about the killing.

Sutherland was subsequently released from police custody.

However, following receipt of the results of the forensic tests, he was again arrested, and was charged on March 1 for the politician's killing.

A motive for the gruesome murder was not revealed by the police, but amid suggestions to the contrary from various quarters during the recent by-election campaign in the constituency, Sutherland's attorney, Peter Champagnie, had stated that the crime was not politically motivated.

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