Acting Director of Public Prosecutions Tiffany Scatliffe-Esprit said cellphone conversations, along with conflicting statements to police were some of the things used to link Ashan Westcott to the 2016 murder of 22-year-old Nickera Smith.
Westcott, who is 29, was officially charged with Smith’s murder this week and made his first appearance before Magistrate Ayanna Baptiste-DaBreo on Thursday.
Due to the nature of the offence, the magistrate informed the court that she did not have jurisdiction to grant him bail, and as a result, he would be remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison.
The unrepresented man was not required to plead as the matter was indictable, meaning, it is triable before a judge and jury at the High Court.
Meanwhile, the 2016 murder victim — Smith — of Hope Hill was reported missing by her family on January 27, 2016.
A taxi man traversing the area of Hawks Nest on March 30, 2016, reported a foul stench emitting from an area, where her decomposing body was found with a gunshot wound to her head.
The matter was adjourned to April 23.
More details to follow.
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