One of the major murder cases on the list for the sitting of the St Ann Circuit Court that opened on Monday, October 8, is that against fifty-nine -year-old Norman Thomas of Ocho Rios.
Thomas is before the court for the 2016 murder of his much younger ex-lover.
After more than a year in custody, just under a year ago Thomas was offered bail in the sum of one million dollars, in the St Ann Circuit Court, Tuesday, October 17, 2017.
His ex-lover 22-year-old Kyria Nelson, loan clerk of Pimento Walk, near Ocho Rios, was stabbed to death in her office in the resort town shortly after she arrived at work on Wednesday, June 29, 2016.
It is reported that Thomas and Nelson had a longstanding relationship but she ended it several weeks earlier.
Thomas had reportedly waited until Nelson got to her office on the second floor of Brown’s Plaza in the centre of Ocho Rios. He reportedly cornered her and stabbed her repeatedly as she screamed for help. The prosecutor claimed in court that Nelson was stabbed at least twenty times.
After the act, Thomas reportedly walked calmly out into the street, near the clock in Ocho Rios square, with blood dripping from a knife. He did not resist when police came and arrested him.
In an earlier court appearance, Thomas denied stabbing Nelson.
Attorney Nathan Geddes Morrison made application for bail last October, and it was granted. He is arguing that it was manslaughter and not murder as Thomas was provoked.