Man, 21, charged with grandmother’s murder
Guardian Staff Reporter
Published: Oct 19, 2013
A 21-year-old man was charged yesterday with the October 12 murder of his 72-year-old grandmother.
Johnathon Bethel, of #26 Greenway Drive, off Carmichael Road, was not required to enter a plea to the charge.
His grandmother, Vivian Johnson, was stabbed several times in her neck at her home on Greenway Drive, according to police.
Police reportedly found a bloody knife outside the home.
Bethel, through his attorney Glendon Rolle, alleged that he was beaten to the chest and lower area while detained at the Central Detective Unit (CDU).
Bethel unbuttoned his shirt, revealing red stains on his undershirt, which Rolle asked
Acting Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt to take note of.
“The court cannot speak to how it got there, but does note it,” Pratt said.
Rolle also asked that a doctor see Bethel.
Ferguson-Pratt noted that the question of bail does not arise in the matter and remanded the accused to Her Majesty’s Prisons.
The matter was adjourned to January 17.
Shortly after the murder, Johnson's daughter, who did not want to be identified, said her mother was a retired widow.
Johnson’s death was recorded as the 87th murder in the country for the year.