Monday 14 October, 2019

Guard who fatally shot businessman at Negril party, granted bail

Security guard Mike Chin, who is charged with murder in relation to the shooting death of businessman Jean Mathieu at a Dream Weekend party in Negril, Westmoreland in August, was on Friday offered bail in the sum of $300,000.

Chin, who is represented by well-known criminal attorney, Peter Champagnie, is booked to return to court on November 9.

The accused appeared in court based on a ruling from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) that he be charged with murder.

As he said publicly shortly after the shooting, Champagnie told the court that Chin acted in self-defence when he shot Mathieu of Millsborough Crescent in St Andrew and Montreal, Canada.

Champagnie also requested a copy of the toxicology report on the deceased man.

In the meantime, Chin has been ordered to surrender his travel documents, and a stop order has been imposed on him at all ports of exit.

Mathieu was fatally shot by Chin at a party at Cayenne Beach in Negril on August 3.

According to police reports, about 3:15 a.m., Mathieu was a patron at the Dream Live party where he became engaged in an altercation with the security guard over access to the VIP area.

The dispute reportedly escalated, with Mathieu, a licensed firearm holder, pulling his weapon before being shot in the chest by the security officer.

Mathieu was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Following the shooting, Champagnie claimed that death threats were made against his client by persons associated with the deceased.

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