Murder trial continues

The Crown closed its case on Thursday in the trial of John Talmage Gouldbourne, who is charged with murdering Moreen Maree Williams in August 2004.

The final Crown witnesses were Dr. Hazel Othello and Dr. Marc Lockhart, both psychiatrists.

Daniel Janner QC, who is conducting the Defence instructed by Attorney James Austin-Smith, told the jury he did not intend to call the defendant to give evidence.

The first witness for the Defence, who appeared on Friday, spoke to the character of the defendant.

Jurors were then told that they would have read to them on Monday (5 June) the report of psychiatrist Dr. Harold J. Bursztajn. Dr. Bursztajn is a professor at Harvard University in Boston, USA.

He is scheduled to be cross-examined on Tuesday via video link.

The Defence will then close its case.

Mr. Justice Karl Harrison has told the jurors they may expect to hear closing speeches on Wednesday from Senior Crown Counsel Andre Mon Desir on behalf of the prosecution and Mr. Janner on behalf of the Defence.

The judge said he would most likely sum up the case on Thursday, after which jurors would retire to consider their verdict.

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