Tuesday 7 July, 2020

Man pleads guilt to murder, rape of 74-y-o sister of ex-chief justice

The man who was charged with the killing of Peggy Aljoe, the 74-year-old woman who was said to be a sister of former Chief Justice, Zaila McCalla, has pleaded guilty to the crime.

The accused, Oral Redway, who was 19 years’ old at the time of his arrest in November of last year, appeared in the St Ann Circuit Court on Thursday.

In addition to pleading guilty to murder, he also offered a guilty plea to the offence of rape, both of which were committed in the parish of St Ann.

Redway is to be sentenced on Thursday, October 24 by High Court Judge, Justice Martin Gayle.

Aljoe was found dead at her home in the Discovery Bay area of St Ann on Wednesday, October 24, 2018.

Reports from the Discovery Bay police were that residents of Bridgewater district stumbled upon Aljoe’s body at her home at about 3.15 pm and raised an alarm.

The police found the body of the senior citizen near a perimeter fence on her property with multiple abrasions all over her body, and what the police described as bludgeon wounds to the neck.

Aljoe was killed mere days after her return to the island from the United States.

Several weeks later, Redway, who was said to be a labourer of both St Ann and Westmoreland addresses, was apprehended in Townhead district in Westmoreland, and the police said scientific evidence linked him to the crimes.

He was later charged by investigators.

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