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Manslaughter, not murder


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Tears trickled down the face of James Ricardo Alexander Fields as he faced his second stint on remand at HMP Dodds yesterday.

This time his stay at the St Philip prison was after a 12-member jury in the No. 3 Supreme Court found him guilty of manslaughter.

It was the third time Fields, 30, formerly of Codrington Hill, and later of Bank Hall Main Road, both in St Michael, and now of Martin’s Bay, St John, had gone on trial for murdering 52-year-old Michael “Piggy” Dear on February 18, 2010.

The first mistrial occurred in December 2012, when an all-day enquiry into the actions of one empanelled juror was held. The possible contamination of the 12-member jury had come to light after the prosecution said it had been drawn to its attention that one of the jurors knew a witness. (HLE)

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