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Murder accused used victim’s phone after he was last seen

Jevon Daniels was found dead in June 2016 (File photograph)

A man accused of murder used a phone that had belonged to the victim until his disappearance, the Supreme Court heard.

Lauren Bell, who analysed the data on the phone, said a Sim card linked to Jevon Daniels was used in the phone up until about midnight on May 13, 2016.

However, the following morning a Sim linked to David Providence was used in the phone, with the user linking the device to social media accounts associated with Mr Providence.

Ms Bell noted that the phone was later turned over to police by Mr Providence.

She said the phone still contained a number of contacts including Mr Daniel’s mother’s phone number, which was listed under the name “Mums”.

Ms Bell said ten photographs were accessible on the device, including Mr Providence’s profile photographs and a screenshot of an online article about Mr Daniels’s disappearance.

She said a forensic analysis of the device showed more than 60 photographs of Mr Daniels and his children in the phone’s memory.

“We know that these images were on that handset at some point, but they were deleted at some point in time,” she said.

Ms Bell said records showed that the phone was not the only one to be used by both men in the weeks before Mr Daniels’s disappearance.

Both men’s Sim cards were used in two other phones between March 1 and May 20, 2016.

She told the court that between March 1 and June 17, 2016, when Mr Daniels’s body was discovered, there were 119 contacts between the victim and the defendant.

The last communication between the pair was a 32-second phone call from Mr Daniels to Mr Providence at 9.39pm on May 13.

During the same period, Ms Bell said, there were 974 communications between Mr Daniels and the mother of his son.

However, the last call to her from Mr Daniels was made at about 8.47pm on May 12.

The court heard earlier that Mr Providence and Mr Daniels were housemates who lived in separate apartments in a duplex on the Railway Trail in Sandys.

Mr Daniels was last seen on May 13, and his family became concerned after they had not seen or heard from him in 24 hours.

The mother of Mr Daniels’s child messaged Mr Providence two days after his last sighting to ask if he and seen or heard from Mr Daniels.

Mr Providence said that Mr Daniels had came by the Railway Trail property earlier that morning, but added that he told the victim to leave and never come back.

Mr Daniels’s mother, Gloria Daniels, told the court on Thursday that she learnt from Mr Providence, whose parents owned the property, that he had kicked her son off the premises.

Mr Daniels’s body was discovered on June 17, 2016, near an area of waste ground adjoining Ireland Rangers Field on Ireland Island, Sandys.

A pathologist said the body had suffered from extensive decomposition and no injuries were found.

The trial, before Puisne Judge Juan Wolffe, continues and is expected to last three weeks.

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