Murder accused former police constable gets trial date

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By Latrishka Thomas

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A suspended police constable accused of murdering a woman who allegedly spurned his advances will stand trial on November 21.

Kasroy Simon is said to have killed Nicoma McFarlene on February 7 2019, at her Freemans Village home – before allegedly arranging the scene to make it look like a suicide.

Some weeks later, after being detained for questioning at Langford’s Police Station, Simon was charged with the offence days after an autopsy revealed McFarlene had been strangled, and had not committed suicide as the death scene was reportedly staged to portray.

McFarlene, a Jamaican national, arrived in Antigua in October 2018 to assist her mother Patricia Kenyon, who was preparing for major surgery set for February 27 2019. But at around 6.20pm on February 7, Kenyon returned from work and found her daughter with her left wrist slit in two places, and an empty Clorox bottle on the dining table nearby, along with a razor.

The 25-year-old was rushed to hospital by ambulance, but was pronounced dead shortly after her arrival.

The accused is said to have known McFarlene prior to her coming to Antigua, and the two were reportedly close friends until he allegedly refused to accept her rejection of his desire to take their relationship further.

Simon will be tried before Justice Ann-Marie Smith and a nine-member jury.

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