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Accused wanted to ‘create distance’ from deceased man

A man charged with murder was trying to “create distance” after his former housemate was found dead, a Supreme Court jury heard yesterday.

Prosecutor Carrington Mahoney highlighted how Davin Providence reacted when learning that the body of Jevon Daniels was found decomposed near Ireland Island in Sandys on June 17, 2016.

Mr Providence is accused of killing Mr Daniels, with whom he shared an apartment in Sandys, on an unknown date between May 13 and June 17, 2016.

Mr Providence admitted on Thursday that he was not shocked when he learnt about Mr Daniels’ death, because he had “already heard rumours” about what became of him after the father of one was reported missing on May 16, 2016.

Delivering his closing remarks, Mr Mahoney said: “When they found the body, Mr Providence was at work.

“He went home after he found out, trying to keep his distance from the whole thing, just like how he moved the body from the Railway Trail to where it was found.

“He wanted to create distance in location and presence.”

Mr Mahoney also pointed out the findings from forensic pathologist Michael Pollenan, who was unable to determine the cause of Mr Daniels’ death due to the body’s level of decomposition.

Mr Mahoney told jurors: “Doctors could not determine the cause of death; that does not mean you cannot determine the manner of death and that the manner of death was unlawful.”

Charles Richardson, Mr Providence’s lawyer, said the case against his client was “highly subjective from the very beginning”.

He added that Dr Pollenan’s conclusions made it impossible to determine not only who killed Mr Daniels, but whether he had been murdered at all.

Mr Richardson asked jurors: “How Mr Daniels die? We can’t jump from one conclusion to the other.”

The trial, before Puisne Judge Juan Wolffe, will continue on Monday morning with evidence summations.

The jury is expected to go out for deliberation on Tuesday morning.

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