UWI student in 'torture' case remanded on first Home Circuit Court appearance

By Racquel Porter   
Matthew Hyde, the university student accused of torturing his ex-girlfriend in his dorm room at the University of the West Indies, Mona, made his first appearance via Zoom in the Home Circuit Court on Monday.
The case was transferred to the High Court from the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Court in July.
Mr. Hyde is now represented by Patrick Peterkin and Gnoj McLeod.
He was previously represented by Peter Champagnie, KC and Sayeed Bernard.
Mr. Hyde, who is charged with assault occasioning grievous bodily harm, use of malicious communication, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and false imprisonment, was further remanded until October 25.
He is alleged to have held his ex-girlfriend captive for three days in his dorm room in February.
When the matter was called up Monday, the court was told that the case file is not yet complete.
A forensic certificate and a report from the Communications Forensic and Cybercrime Division are outstanding.
The investigating officer is to take a non-intimate DNA sample from the complainant during the course of this week.

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