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Jury hears audio from Worrell’s phone

Kamal Worrell, the murder accused (File photograph)

The jury in a murder trial yesterday heard audio of scrubbing and cleaning taken from the defendant’s phone.

The 20-minute audio recording, taken from the phone of Kamal Worrell, included sounds of scrubbing, tapping and water being flushed down a drain as piano music played in the background.

Mr Worrell’s infant son could be heard crying in the background about halfway through the audio.

The recording had no dialogue or context — but was taken approximately 90 minutes after a fight with Chavelle Dillon-Burgess.

Mr Worrell has denied charges of murdering Ms Dillon-Burgess, the mother of his child, on an unknown date between April 10 and June 11, 2020.

He has also denied a charge of wounding Ms Dillon-Burgess and a charge of common assault related to an incident on June 1, 2019, and six counts of common assault related to an incident on November 14, 2018.

Lauren Bell, a crime intelligence analyst for the Bermuda Police Service, took to the witness stand yesterday.

Ms Bell, who has telecommunications analysis expertise, confirmed the communications shared with the court were delivered by those named by Cindy Clarke, the Crown prosecutor.

The court heard the audio, which was taken at 12.37pm on April 11, 2020, as the recording of the argument, taken at 11.05am.

In the recording, Ms Dillon-Burgess could be heard complaining about Mr Worrell’s behaviour and his treatment of her.

The court also heard an approximate 40-minute recording of a conversation between Ms Dillon-Burgess and the accused that was recorded on the defendant’s phone.

In the audio from December 21, 2019, the pair were discussing Ms Dillon-Burgess withdrawing a complaint accusing Mr Worrell of assaulting her.

The conversation took place after it was reported in the media that a trial date would be set for Mr Worrell despite his claims that Ms Dillon-Burgess wanted to drop the case.

Crown prosecutor Maria Sofianos said that often in domestic violence cases there are issues of interference and that the complainant ends up withdrawing the complaint. Ms Sofianos said it was important that the Crown acts in the public interest and protects the rights of the complainant.

During the recorded conversation heard in the court yesterday, Mr Worrell suggested to Ms Dillon-Burgess that the court was attempting to persuade her to proceed with the complaint and that prosecutors were supposed to work on her behalf.

“To me, what they have done is wrong,“ he told her.

Ms Dillon-Burgess told Mr Worrell: “I am going to ask the judge to drop the no-contact stuff."

Mr Worrell was heard telling Ms Dillon-Burgess to leave the past behind and that his reputation and work were at stake, telling her: “I’m lucky I’m even working”.

Ms Bell said four videos were taken from Mr Worrell’s phone — one of which was a video of him exercising.

She said that his right middle finger appeared to be “heavily bandaged” in the video.

Ms Bell added that the text message log from Mr Worrell’s phone suggested that several messages had been deleted.

The court also heard yesterday that there were 14,992 messages logged between Mr Worrell and Maleeka Gibbons from August 30, 2019 and May 6, 2020.

Asked about the nature of the messages, Ms Bell said it appeared the pair were in “an intimate relationship”.

The trial continues.

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