Thursday 9 April, 2020

Man accused of Bloomfield’s murder for court on Friday

The man who has been charged with the February 2 killing of Dr Lynvale Bloomfield, the People’s National Party (PNP) Member of Parliament for East Portland, is scheduled to appear in the Portland Parish Court on Friday.

Twenty-year-old Simeon Sutherland of Buff Bay, Portland was initially picked up as a person of interest in relation to the murder on February 13 but was later released.

He was picked up again on March 1 and formally charged after the police reported that scientific evidence linked him to what was described as a bloody crime scene.

Bloomfield, who was into his second term as MP, was brutally stabbed to death inside his Passley Gardens home. According to the autopsy report, he was stabbed at least 20 times.

Sutherland has reportedly told the police that he had a close relationship with Bloomfield. He also revealed during questioning that he had been with Bloomfield several hours before the MP’s nude body was discovered with stab wounds.

However, Sutherland denied knowing anything about the killing. Two knives which were recovered at the politician's home, along with a vest that was found in bushes near the premises, are said to be vital evidence in the case.

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