Principal Crown Counsel Alliston Seale today urged the jury in the murder trial of Jamar Dewayne Orlando Bynoe to focus solely on the evidence presented to them before coming to a verdict.
Seale made the plea as he delivered his opening remarks on the opening day of the trial in Court No.2 of the Supreme Court this morning.
When he appeared before Madam Justice Michelle Weekes, clad in a red shirt, black waistcoat, red and black tie and black pants, Bynoe of Headley’s Land, Bank Hall, St Michael pleaded not guilty to murdering Shara Griffith, Kelly-Ann Welch, Pearl Cornelius, Kellyshaw Olivierre, Nikita Belgrave and Tiffany Harding on September 3, 2010.
In his hour-long address, Seale told the 12-member jury comprising seven women and five men, that while six young women had lost their lives, they should treat the matter as any other murder case.
“I want you to treat this murder with the same standard that you would any other murder. This murder is not more important than any other.
“Whether it is 52 persons or just one person, it is still murder. It is not upgraded by numbers, only by circumstances,” Seale reminded them.
However, the seasoned prosecutor also told them not to show Bynoe any sympathy.
“I do not want you to show him any sympathy. It is not your job to sympathize with criminals.”
During what is expected to be a lengthy case, 40 witnesses will take the stand.
Court will resume tomorrow at 9:30 a.m.