No luck for alleged killer: Bail denied for man accused of stabbing 20-year-old

A man who was once on St Mary's most wanted list for murder was denied bail last Thursday in the St Mary Parish Court due to concerns of a judge over the ability of the accused man's father to ensure his son would report to the police if granted bail.

The accused man is Romario Foster, alias Weng, of Jacks River in the parish. Foster was on the run since February last year in relation to the stabbing death of 20-year-old Lamar Stewart. 

Foster's luck ran out when he was apprehended in St Catherine on Wednesday, November 30. 

In court last Thursday, Foster’s attorney, Dane Marsh continued a bail application, which had spanned several mention dates.

Marsh called Foster's father, Howard Lee - who claimed that his son was not given his surname - to give answers from the witness stand.

The defense had proposed that, if granted bail, Foster could reside with Lee - who has a physical impairment that affects the pace at which he walks - at an address in Kingston. Lee told presiding Parish Judge Yvette Wentworth-Miller that he resided in the Kingston 12 area. Lee also said that Foster was staying with him for a period of time and that his son was apprehended by the police when he was with an uncle in Spanish Town.

When Judge Wentworth-Miller enquired if Lee was aware that his son was wanted by the police while he was staying with him, he indicated that he did not know of that.

In denying bail, Judge Wentworth-Miller pointed out that she had been initially told at the early stages of the bail application that Foster's father was from a Papine address and now a Kingston address had been presented.

She also said that she was not satisfied that the man presented to court as Foster's father could ensure that Foster "surrendered himself to the police" if granted bail. 

In addition, the judge said that Foster's mother was in constant dialogue with him while he was wanted by the police. 

"Mr Foster you are to continue remaining with the police," Judge Wentworth-Miller told Foster.

Foster was later remanded into custody until March 30. 

The investigating officer in the case is to ensure that two statements are certified in the case by the next court date.

Allegations in the case are that about 9 am on Sunday, February 14 in Spring Head, Oracabessa, Stewart was allegedly involved in a dispute with Foster, when he was stabbed. 

Stewart later died at hospital. 

Foster fled the scene at the time of the incident, allegedly out of fear, according to his attorney at the bail application, which was eventually denied. 

FEATURED IMAGE- Romario Foster, the alleged murderer denied bail