John turns himself over to Police
February 10, 2012
John turns himself over to Police

Derrick Shawn John has been remanded in custody, after being charged with two counts of attempted murder.{{more}}

The 38-year-old man, who was being sought by police, turned himself in to the Calliaqua Police Station on Wednesday evening, accompanied by his lawyer.

He appeared at the Serious Offences Court yesterday and was not required to plea to the indictable charges.

He is charged with the attempted murder of Kenisha Belgraves of Brighton and Claudine Simmons of Green Hill.

It is alleged that John inflicted 18 stab wounds on Belgraves, the mother of his two children, on the evening of Saturday, February 4. He is also accused of stabbing her friend Claudine Simmons multiple times in the same incident.

The incident is said to have occurred at Brighton, in the presence of the couple’s two children. All five persons were said to have been in a vehicle, which was being driven by 31-year-old Belgraves.

SEARCHLIGHT understands that after allegedly attacking the two women, John fled the vehicle.

Belgraves, it is reported, attempted to drive the vehicle in search of help, but did not get very far, as she lost consciousness. The vehicle then ran off the road, ending up in a ditch.

Chief Magistrtate Sonya Young remanded John until February 23, when a bail review will take place.

A preliminary Inquiry has been scheduled for June 15.

Belgraves has since been discharged from hospital, where she spent two nights.

Simmons, however, is still a patient at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital.

Simmons’ mother Juliana DeRoche told SEARCHLIGHT on Wednesday evening that her daughter was “coming along.”

She has been taken off oxygen but is still having fluid extracted from her lung, which was punctured during the attack.

The 33-year-old received stab wounds to the chest, back, both hands and head during the attack.

The victim’s mother said that her daughter was just beginning to walk and that they are continuing to monitor her condition.