Murder over hammock: Teen remanded to prison

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A 19-year-old miner was on Tuesday remanded to prison by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan for allegedly killing a man over a hammock on March 24, 2019, at 111 Miles Mahdia, Region 8.

Emmanuel McLeod of Mahdia was not required to plea to the charge which alleged that he stabbed 21-year-old Hubert Willi to death.

Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield told the court that on March 19, 2019, Willi was walking along the Mahdia roadway to his camp, when he saw McLeod and confronted him about a hammock he allegedly stole from him.

At the time of the incident, both parties were under the influence of alcohol.

It is alleged that McLeod became annoyed, pulled out a knife and stabbed Willi several times about his body and escaped.

Willi was taken by the police to the Mahdia District Hospital but due to the seriousness of the injuries, he was transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he died on March 24.

He was remanded to prison until April 16, 2019; the case was transferred to the Mahdia Magistrate’s Court.

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