Murder trial gets set to begin

Northward Prison Inmate Randy Lebert Martin appeared in Grand Court on 23 September for a mention on a charge of murder relating to the killing of Sabrina Schirn, 21.

The defendant is represented by Attorney Adam King, who said most of what he needed by way of disclosure had been satisfied.

However, Mr. King indicated that what was missing were phone records, which he hopes to have ‘in a month or so.’

The attorney said the police summary of the evidence purportedly highlighted a phone message as an apparent recording of the murder or an argument that took place shortly before but was not compelling in his estimation.

He asked that the court order a case summary from the Crown and suggested that it was not clear how they would be pursuing their case.

Crown Counsel Tricia Huchinson argued that she could be asked by the court to do so but did not feel that court could make such an order.

Mr. King said he was concerned that the Crown would simply ambush him during trial.

It was decided, however, for him to have more discussions with the Solicitor General Cheryll Richards, who will have official conduct of the case during the trial, as Ms Huchinson appeared on her behalf on Friday.

The case, which is expected to hear evidence from at least 44 witnesses, has been adjourned for one week for further disclosure and discussions between Mr. King and Mrs. Richards regarding the case.

A trial date is scheduled for 23 Nov, though the matter will come to court again for mention on 30 October.

Sabrina Schirn’s body was found 17 March by a team of searchers in bush land off High Rock Road, East End, after she was first reported missing on 12 March.