Joel Stapleton
From the Courts
February 22, 2022
Rose Hall resident who allegedly cut off another man’s hand faces attempted murder charge

A resident of Rose Hall who allegedly severed the hand of another man has been charged with attempted murder.

Joel Stapleton is accused that, intending to commit the offence of murder on Vaughnley Hills of Rose Hall, he did an act which is more than merely preparatory.

The alleged incident that has caused the 43-year-old farmer to land into legal trouble is said to have occurred on Saturday, February 19, at Rose Hall. Stapleton appeared in the Serious Offences Court (SOC) two days later, on February 21, represented by lawyer Jomo Thomas.

However, the prosecution objected to Stapleton being granted bail at that juncture.

This was because the victim, Hills, is still warded at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital (MCMH) recovering after his hand was allegedly severed.

Chief Magistrate, Rechanne Browne chose not to grant bail yesterday but fixed a date of Thursday, February 24, for review.
Until that time the 43-year-old occupies a prison cell.