As family members of an eighty- four- year- old Birchgrove St. Andrew woman who was discovered dead in a pool of blood at her home last Wednesday, continue to make funeral arrangements, another relative identified as the grandson of the deceased is on remand at Her Majesty’s Prison after making his first court appearance.
Seventeen year old Joshua Mitchell made his first court appearance at the Grenville Magistrate’s Court last Monday charged with non-capital murder, enough to send relatives into more shock.
The teenager who was dressed in a white tea-shirt and three quarter pants walked calmly and quietly to the accused dock in a filled to capacity Court House, and waited patiently to hear his charge.
A number of curious onlookers also stood outside the court room just to get a glimpse of the accused as he made his way up the court steps.
While in the accused dock his name was called by the Magistrate twice before he was touched by the officer guarding him as a prompt to answer his name.
During the procedure he sat with his head down apparently unaware that his name was called or of anything that was happening around him.
A charge of non-capital murder was read to him thus intentionally and unlawfully causing the death of 84 year old Darren Mitchell, he was not allowed to plead to the charge as the matter is indictable. He was informed by the magistrate that he would be remanded and brought back to court on December 8th.
An uncle of the accused who was in court as the only member of the family present was identified by the prosecutor as a witness in the matter.
It is understood that when the police commenced investigation into the matter following the discovery of the deceased they had appealed to the public to give whatever information they had at their disposal which could have led law officers to the alleged killer of Tanty Darr.
However it is understood that the accused came forward days later and confessed the killing to a relative before the police was contacted.
Even the clothes he was wearing during the incident was made available to the police the source said. The accused was not represented by an attorney during his court appearance.