Ian Dear of Margaritaville Caribbean and members of his staff say their final farewell to Dean Moriah during a tear-jerking funeral at the Haughton Grove Christian Church in Ramble Hanover recently. - Photo by Janet Silvera, September 2013
The case of slain tourism worker Dean Moriah, who was stabbed to death in 2013, was deferred to June 10 when it was mentioned in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday, as the case file was still incomplete.
Nineteen-year-old Brandon Case, the man who was charged with murder following Moriah's death on August 29, 2013, was remanded in police custody following his appearance in court yesterday.
Moriah, who had worked in the tourism industry for approximately 20 years, died from stab wounds he sustained to his neck and chest. His house was also set on fire.
Before dying, Moriah had reportedly named his attacker, and subsequent investigations led to Case's arrest on September 16, 2013, after he was allegedly found with the victim's motor vehicle in Oracabessa, St Mary.
"We are waiting for a statement from the tax office," clerk of the court Shelly-Ann Greaves told presiding magistrate Carolyn Tie when the case was mentioned yesterday. It was not specified what the statement was for.
"Was he (Case) offered bail?" Tie asked, referring to the defendant.
"He was offered bail in the sum of $500,000," Greaves replied, even as it was noted that Case was still in custody and had not taken up his bail offer.
"I am going to set this matter for June 10. The bail offer remains," said Tie, before Case was taken back into custody.
We must be so careful not to rush to judgement screaming homophobia without proper facts and evidence as such as we also are aware of exploitive same sex relational matters spilling over into the public domain and is one of the reasons why the public has been so cynical and hardened in their homo-negative feelings.
......... suggestive Clovis Observer cartoon of the lotto scamming link
The all important crisis communication element of the struggle must not be compromised in any way, such as the present outpouring for the murder of community influential Bebe Stevenson (lotto scamming allegations aside) there have been hints that it was a homophobic killing already even as the investigations continue, there is too much of a rush to arrive at conclusions without proper evidence.
So Dean Moriah's murder was NOT a homophobic killing ....... ethical issues in advocacy arise yet again
NO GAY RAGE - Homosexuals Are Not Targeted For Violent Crime, Say Experts
Peace and tolerance