Sunday 20 September, 2020

'Homosexual triangle' gone sour: one dead, one charged, one a witness

An alleged homosexual relationship involving three men has resulted in one being killed during a dispute, another being charged for the alleged murder, and the other turning a crown witness in the drama-filled murder case before the St Mary Parish Court.

The accused, 22-year-old practical nurse Domorick Rhoden, was granted $500,000 bail on Thursday.

Rhoden, following the completion of a police probe, was booked for the murder of 30-year-old Courtney Hardware, a nursing student of Parry Town near Ocho Rios in St Ann.

Hardware reportedly went missing on Tuesday, March 5 of this year.

A release from the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) at the time, said, "Reports from the Ocho Rios police are that Hardware was last seen in his community. His mode of dress is unknown, and he has not been heard from since."

Days later, Hardware's body was found in bushes by police personnel in the Three Hills area of St Mary, with what appeared to be stab wounds.

It has been theorised that he was stabbed to death during a dispute with the accused, and his body was dumped in the bushes on Thursday, March 7.

Following preliminary investigations, Rhoden and another man were arrested. But the other man was subsequently released after he allegedly gave a statement to investigators, which pinned the murder on Rhoden, who was eventually charged with the offence.

The crown is alleging that Rhoden, Hardware and the witness were involved in a homosexual relationship. A dispute reportedly ensued between Rhoden and Hardware, which turned fatal when the latter was stabbed to death.

The defence, however, is contending that the man 'turned crown witness' did the killing.

After spending approximately five months behind bars, Rhoden was granted bail following a hearing in which his attorney denied the allegations that have been made against his client.

Rhoden is to return to court on October 23, when the matter is again to be mentioned.

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