Friday 22 November, 2019

Bloomfield murder accused granted bail

The man who was arrested and charged for the murder of former Member of Parliament (MP), Dr Lynvale Bloomfield has been granted bail.

Prominent Attorney-at-Law Peter Champagnie who is representing Simeon Sutherland, 20, said he was offered bail in the amount of $800,000 in the Parish Court of Portland on Thursday.

Reports are that bail was granted with strict reporting conditions that he (Sutherland) should reside at a particular address outside of the parish of Portland.

The lawyer said a curfew order was also imposed on the accused man and he was ordered to surrender his travel documents.

The case is set for mention on June 12.

Champagnie also outlined that arising from correspondence between his office and that of the Director of Public Prosecution’s office, it is understood that there will be a committal hearing in the parish of Portland and on the basis of a case being made out against his client, the matter will be heard in the Portland Circuit Court, at which time Champagne says he does not anticipate that there will be any objections to his client’s matter being transferred outside of the parish to be tried in Kingston.

The lawyer said the latter position arose earlier in the proceedings when he had indicated that he did not believe his client would receive a fair trial in the parish of Portland, having regard to the popularity of the deceased.

Sutherland 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.

Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: