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Lawyer accused of murder appears in court

Missing person Chavelle Dillon-Burgess (Photograph supplied)

A lawyer accused of murdering a young woman appeared in Supreme Court on Thursday.

Kamal Worrell, from Warwick, was not required to enter a plea at the April arraignments hearing to a charge of murdering Chavelle Dillon-Burgess on an unknown date between April 10 and June 11 last year.

He also did not enter a plea to one count of unlawfully wounding Ms Dillon-Burgess and seven counts of assaulting her.

Acting Puisne Judge Juan Wolffe adjourned the matter until May 18.

He extended Mr Worrell’s bail, in the sum of $50,000 with two like sureties.

The defendant’s bail conditions are: being fitted with an electronic monitoring device, reporting to Hamilton Police Station four times a week, abiding by a curfew and surrendering all travel documents.

Also appearing at Thursday’s session was Jahmari Beach, who is charged with the stabbing murder of Daunte Woods in Sandys on October 25 last year, and with having a bladed article in a public place.

Mr Beach was not required to enter a plea and the matter was adjourned until April 15. His bail was extended.

A total of 18 defendants appeared at arraignments today.

They included Ezra Ararat and Raymond Swan, who have previously denied making and publishing a music video “advocating the shooting of police, prosecutors and judges”.

Their case was adjourned until the next arraignments session on May 3 and their bail was extended.

A woman accused of a blackmail demand for $75,000 from a father and daughter appeared at the hearing via video link from Canada.

Lu Zhao is accused of making an “unwarranted demand with menaces” to the man between May 19 and June 12 last year.

She is also charged with making a demand for cash from his 36-year-old daughter on June 22.

Mr Justice Wolffe adjourned the matter until the next arraignments session and extended her bail.

A 25-year-old man charged with serious sexual assault also appeared at today’s hearing. He cannot be named for legal reasons.

The offence is alleged to have happened on June 8, 2019 in Warwick.

The matter was adjourned for mention on April 15 and the defendant’s bail – in the sum of $10,000 with one like surety – was extended.

His bail conditions are to have no contact with the complainant and report to the police twice a week.