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Jamaica: ‘Beachy Stout’ bail decision halted by new evidence

Fresh evidence has resulted in another delay in the decision on bail for Everton ‘Beachy Stout’ McDonald, the popular Portland businessman who is accused of murdering his two wives.

The 67-year-old businessman appeared via Zoom before the Home Circuit Court on Tuesday. 

Justice Vinette Graham-Allen was expected to hand down her decision in relation to bail on the day. However, prosecutors indicated that new evidence has emerged in the matter against McDonald who is charged with the 2009 murder of his first wife, Merlene McDonald, and the July 2020 killing of his second wife, Tonia Hamilton-McDonald.

Consequently, the judge yielded to the prosecution by indicating that she would place on hold her ruling on bail to facilitate the hearing of the new evidence on May 13.

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