Accused In St. Catherine Double Murder Says He’s Innocent

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One of two men accused of killing a mother and her daughter in Lauriston, St. Catherine in 2011, is denying participation in the gruesome murders.

The man, Sanja Ducally told police investigators in a caution statement in August 2011 that he was injured as an innocent passer-by.

Ducally and Kemar Riley are two of five men accused of murder in the chopping, shooting and beheading of Charmaine Rattray and her daughter, Joeth Lynch.

Fabian Smith, Roshane Goldson and Adrian Campbell have pleaded guilty to the murders.

But, in a video recording of his 2011caution statement, Ducally says he was on his way home from an event when he heard screams coming from the house in which the women lived.

He said he went to investigate as he knew the victims by name.

When he entered the yard he reportedly saw a man with his face hidden.

He reportedly went to the back of the house where he saw Roshane Goldson chopping Joeth.

Ducally says after he asked Goldson what he was doing, Roshane chopped him on the hand.

Ducally says he ran from the house, and was followed by Goldson and another man.

He says while running he heard about five explosions sounding like gun shots.

Ducally says he hid in a yard where he was found by Roshane.

He says he insisted on being taken to the hospital because he says his fingers were going numb.

According to his caution statement, he was eventually taken to the Kingston Public Hospital after declining to wait until morning to go to a private practice.

Ten witness statements have so far been read into the record.

Earlier today, the court heard statements read into the record suggesting the women were told to leave the community by family members.

But, the women said they had nowhere to go.

Ms Rattray reportedly said “if it’s her time it’s her time.”

This after they were accused of being informers following the killing of their neighbour just days before.

That neighbour was also beheaded.

The trial resumes tomorrow morning at 10.

Ducally is being represented by Anthony Williams and Julie-Ann Bailey.

While, Riley is being represented by Lloyd McFarlene.


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William Mitchell is a sports-fanatic turned journalist. He graduated from CARIMAC in 2016. He interned at the Jamaica Gleaner covering sports and joined NNN in 2017. Mitchell covers crime for Nationwide. He’s been to every single zone of special operations across the island.


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