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Man Accused Of Stabbing And Killing Jamaican Woman In 2013

Patrick Smith Jr, 27, who has been charged with murder. 

Patrick Smith Jr, 27, who has been charged with murder. 

By LAMECH JOHNSON

Tribune Staff Reporter

ljohnson@tribunemedia.net

A MAN was arraigned in Magistrate’s Court yesterday on a murder charge concerning the fatal stabbing of a Jamaican woman that occurred two years ago.

Patrick Smith Jr, 27, stood before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt accused of intentionally causing the death of Tamara Matthews on December 22, 2013. He was charged with murder under Section 291 (1)(B) of the Penal Code which does not attract the discretionary death penalty if a conviction is reached at the end of trial in the Supreme Court.

According to initial reports, sometime around 4.40am, Matthews was found dead in a residence at Kossy Harbour on West Bay Street.

Smith, of Collins Avenue, was not allowed to enter a plea to the charge. The case will be forwarded to the Supreme Court through the presentation of a voluntary bill of indictment on February 17, 2016.

He was remanded to the Department of Correctional Services; however, he has the right to apply for bail to the Supreme Court.

He has retained lawyer Tai Pinder to defend him.

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