Friday 5 June, 2020

October 28 trial date set for Lynvale Bloomfield’s murder accused

Dr Lynvale Bloomfield

Dr Lynvale Bloomfield

The court has ruled that the man who has been charged for the murder of then Member of Parliament (MP) for East Portland, Dr Lynvale Bloomfield, is to stand trail at the end of October.

Reports are that on Thursday the accused, Simeon Sutherland, was committed to stand trial in the Portland Circuit Court on October 28.

Attorney Peter Champagnie, who is representing the accused, confirmed the reports with Loop News.

The attorney also indicated that Sutherland remains on bail on the same terms and conditions until his trial date.

The accused was charged with murder in March of this year.

He was later offered $800,000 bail with strict reporting conditions, as well as a stipulation for him to reside at a particular address outside of the parish of Portland.

A curfew order was also imposed on him, and he was ordered to surrender his travel documents.

Champagnie said he is preparing to argue for a change of venue to the Home Circuit Court in Kingston, in view of the prominent position the deceased held in Portland. The attorney argued that his client will not get a fair trial if the case is heard in Portland.

Dr Bloomfield was found stabbed to death at his home in Passley Gardens, Portland on February 2.

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