Mother, Daughter Murder Trial: Attorney Likens Client Getting Freedom to ‘Christmas’

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It feels like an early Christmas.

That was the reaction of attorney, Anthony Williams, after his client, Sanja Ducally was freed in the Supreme Court this morning.

Ducally and Kemar Riley are on trial for the 2011 murder of 40-year-old Charmaine Rattray and her 18-year-old daughter, Joeth Lynch.

Rattray and Lynch were chopped, shot and beheaded at their home in Lauriston, St. Catherine.


On Monday, Mr. Williams argued that the prosecution had failed to present a case against his client.

Presiding judge Vivene Harris sided with Mr. Williams and upheld the no-case submission.

Justice Harris, then directed the jurors to return a verdict of not guilty.

Though, Mr. Ducally declined to comment, Mr. Williams says his client is happy to be a free man.

Mr. Williams says his client has consistently maintained his innocence.

According to Mr. Williams, Mr. Ducally was compelled to go to the house when he heard the screams.

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Meanwhile, the remaining man on trial for the women’s murder, Kemar Riley, is denying any involvement in the murder of Ms. Rattray and her daughter.

Riley is also denying detailing his involvement in the matter while he was at the Spanish Town lock up.

Riley was placed in the witness box to give a sworn evidence.

While being led through his evidence by his attorney, Lloyd McFarlane, Riley, said it’s not true he killed Charmaine Rattray and Joeth Lynch.

Riley says he was at home on the night of the killings.

And he didn’t find out about the murders until he was told the morning after.

Riley acknowledged he was detained by the police after the killing of the women.

But he says he never spoke with anyone while in lock up.

The state’s witness against Riley, told the court last week, the man on trial confessed to the killing.

According to the witness, Riley said he shot Joeth because she was making too much noise.

While under cross examination from Director of Public Prosecutions, Paula Llewellyn, Riley denied making that confession.

Riley denied knowing the state’s witness and his room mate, Adrian Campbell.

He also denied being a part of any organisation, or knowing many people from the community.

Riley told the court he knew the women and he would often help them pick ackees from a tree in their yard.

But he said he didn’t know them personally.

While under cross examination, the witness said he was at home with his family on the night of the killing.

And when he woke up in the morning he went directly to work.

He’s to continue his sworn evidence at 10 tomorrow morning.



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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