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Woman Back In Court Next Week For Hearing Over Murder Of Friend

By LAMECH JOHNSON

Tribune Staff Reporter

ljohnson@tribunemedia.net

A WOMAN will return to the Supreme Court next week for another status hearing concerning her trial in the death of a female friend.

Katriona Gilbert appeared before Justice Bernard Turner yesterday for a status hearing in her case concerning murder and arson charges stemming from the February 23 discovery of the body of Ariel Lowe of Miller’s Heights.

An initial hearing had been fixed for October 6. However, the matter was not heard because of Hurricane Matthew.

When the matter was recalled yesterday, prosecutor Darrell Taylor told the judge: “There remains certain aspects of this matter the Crown needs to deal with administratively.”

“We’re humbly requesting a short adjournment to deal with those,” the prosecutor added. Gilbert’s lawyer, Tonique Lewis, did not object to the request.

The judge adjourned the matter to November 3.

Gilbert, who was not allowed to enter a plea to the indictable offences when arraigned in Magistrate’s Court in March, was formally arraigned before Justice Turner two months later when she pleaded not guilty to the crimes.

She was scheduled to stand trial in June 2016, however the case did not commence and was further adjourned for a status hearing.

Gilbert remains in custody at the Department of Correctional Services until then.

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