A coroner’s inquest into the suspected suicide of Mandeville businessman Jason Neil is to continue on October 3.

The matter resumed in Manchester Parish Court on Thursday. But it was again adjourned.

Mahiri Stewart has more in this report.


When the matter resumed in court on Thursday, the lead investigator in the death of 33-year-old Jason Neil, faced questions from Kings Counsel KD Knight and Christopher Honeywell.

KC Knight is representing Neil’s father, Bunny Neil, while Honeywell is representing Neil’s widow.

Knight and Honeywell questioned Detective Sergeant Pat Wallace about the scene at the Neils’ home on the morning of December 4, 2018.

That was the day Jason Neil, the owner of Neil’s Auto Service in Mandeville, was found suffering from a gunshot wound to the head in the bathroom of his Julie Drive, Ingleside, home.

Police reports are that about 7am, his then-pregnant wife heard an explosion and went to investigate.

She reportedly found Neil on the floor with his licensed firearm beside him.  He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Detective Sergeant Wallace told the court that Neil’s licensed weapon was found inside a bathroom at his home with the magazine dislodged inches away from it. 

The policeman testified that, based on his estimation, whoever discharged the weapon had to have either been sitting on the toilet or stooping near it.

The firearm, ammunition, and ballistic report were shown to the court as exhibits.

Mr. Neil’s identifications and postmortem report were also shown.

The Clerk of the court also disclosed that a compact disc of CD containing photographs from the scene was not received from the police’s scenes of crimes as it was not located.

The pathologist and ballistic expert in the matter are expected to appear in court when the coroner’s inquest continues in October.