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More statements to be collected in Donna-Lee murder case

Published:Saturday | September 17, 2022 | 12:10 AMTanesha Mundle/Staff Reporter

Investigators probing the murder and disappearance of social media personality Donna-Lee Donaldson are to collect more statements within a week and a half.

The disclosure was made when Constable Noel Maitland, the policeman accused of killing Donaldson, made his first appearance in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston on Friday.

The matter was yesterday morning transferred from the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court after the prosecution entered a nolle prosequi to abandon proceedings in the lower court and to start the matter in the high court on a voluntary bill of indictment.

Maitland was charged with the murder of his girlfriend on August 2, although her body has not yet been located.

The 24-year-old, who was reported missing on July 13, was last seen in his company on July 11.

The police believe that Donaldson was killed on July 12 between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

They said that this was supported by forensic and technological evidence, but no motive has been established for the killing.

In the meantime, a bail hearing for Maitland has been scheduled for October 4. He has been in custody since July 27.

Presiding judge Justice Vinette Graham-Allen requested his antecedents, which should be submitted at the Court Registry by September 30.

In the meantime, the court was informed that the case file was not complete, but the prosecutor advised that all outstanding documents would be obtained by November 11. This includes the Communication Forensic Cybercrimes Department report and a forensic report.

Maitland, who appeared dapperly dressed in a silver grey suit, was remanded.

Attorneys-at-law Christopher Townsend and Chadwick Berry are representing the defendant.

tanesha.mundle@gleanerjm.com