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Campden Park murder accused to return to court

Campden Park murder accused to return to court


Coswell Simmons, a 25-year-old Campden Park resident, will remain in police custody for the next four months, while investigations into the murder of Julian Murray, a 58-year-old resident of Mahoe, Campden Park, continue.

On Friday, March 31, Simmons was brought before the Serious Offences Court and charged with the murder of Murray.

According to reports, Murray was involved in an altercation with residents of his village on Friday, March 24, at which time he was allegedly beaten.

Residents say that after the fight, they did not see the 58-year-old labourer for two days. Enquiries about his whereabouts resulted in the discovery that Murray was at home and could not move.

He was rushed to the MCMH on Monday and died one day later from injuries it is alleged he sustained in the brawl.

On Friday, Simmons was not allowed to enter a plea, as the charge is indictable.

Senior prosecutor Adolphus Delpesche requested that the matter be recalled in two and a half months, while the case file goes through the necessary channels.

It is expected that the matter, which is being investigated by Inspector Trevor Bailey, will see 14 witnesses being called to the stand.

The Preliminary Inquiry into the matter is expected to begin on July 4, 2017. (AS)