Stephen Causwell found GUILTY of Nardia Mitchell’s Murder

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A St. Andrew businessman, Stephen Causewell, was this afternoon found guilty of murdering his ex-girlfriend, 28 year old Nardia Mitchell, in 2008.

The verdict was handed down in the Home Circuit Court in Downtown, Kingston.

The long running murder case has attracted much attention in the upper echelons of the Jamaican society.

Stephen Causewell was convicted via a majority verdict of six to one. He’s to be sentenced on September 30.

The businessman’s bail was suspended this afternoon and he was taken into custody immediately after the guilty verdict was announced.

Causewell was represented by Queen’s Counsel Jacqueline Samuels-Brown.

He was prosecuted by Director of Public Prosecutions, DPP Paula Llewelyn.

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Nardia Mitchell was killed at her Oaklands Apartment in St Andrew in July 2008. She was found with 27 injuries to her body, on the floor outside her apartment complex.

Experts testified that 19 of the injuries were inflicted before she died.

Initial reports were that she succumbed to her injuries, after falling several floors. But a post mortem examination indicated that Mitchell died of injuries believed to have been caused by a blunt object to the head.

Causewell had reportedly admitted to police investigators that he had a fight with his ex-girlfriend on the night she was killed. But he denied being responsible for killing Mitchell who was the mother of his child.

Cell phone records showed 76 calls from Causewell’s number to Miss Mitchell’s phone in one day.

The Prosecution led evidence that Causewell was angry and had accused Miss Mitchell of seeing another man.

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Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.