Grieving family: Kellon's eldest sibling, Kina, 30, left, is a doctor, and his younger sister, Keira, 22, right, plans to study to be a dentist. The rest of the family are high achievers, but they believed talented Kellon would be the best of them. *Photo by Tim Smith
Grieving family: Kellon's eldest sibling, Kina, 30, left, is a doctor, and his younger sister, Keira, 22, right, plans to study to be a dentist. The rest of the family are high achievers, but they believed talented Kellon would be the best of them. *Photo by Tim Smith
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Five teenagers beat and stabbed to death 18-year-old Kellon Hill in the course of robbing him of a gold chain, Magistrate's Court heard yesterday.

Kellon was leaving a girl's 'back-to-school' party at Elbow Beach when he was set upon at Tribe Road number 4B in Paget, according to Principal Crown Counsel Michael McColm.

He was beaten by crash helmets and a walking stick before a teenage boy and a 16-year-old girl began stabbing him with a knife and another bladed weapon, thought to be a screwdriver, the court heard.

Gary Rupert Hollis, 15, of Butterfield Lane, Sandys; Zharrin Frankie Simmons, 16, of Deepdale Road, Pembroke; Devon Vonzell Hairston, 17, of Spanish View Road, Smith's; Kevin Andre Warner, 18, of Warwick Park Road, Warwick; and Kallon Jeaurreau Lewis, 16, of Peacock Lane, Sandys stood silently as they were jointly charged with murdering King Solomon Kellon Devon Hill.

Offensive weapon

In addition, Mr. Hollis was charged with possessing a crash helmet as an offensive weapon in public; Miss Simmons with having a sharply pointed article (thought to be the screwdriver) with her in public; Mr. Hairston with possessing a crash helmet as an offensive weapon in public; Mr. Warner with possessing a wooden cane as an offensive weapon in public; and Mr. Lewis with having a knife with a cutting edge longer than three inches with him as a bladed article in public.

Neither the screwdriver nor the knife has been recovered, according to Principal Crown Counsel Michael McColm in court.

Mr. McColm said it is the Crown's case that Mr. Hill was leaving the party wearing the neck chain with a gold pendant bearing a likeness of Jesus when Messrs. Lewis and Hollis confronted him, demanding the chain. He refused and walked away.

The two accosted him again as he approached his motorcycle and grabbed the chain from him. A fight erupted when Mr. Hill resisted the theft, the prosecutor alleged, and the two youths beat him repeatedly with crash helmets.

Attack

"Kevin Warner intervened with a wooden walking stick," Mr. McColm went on, "hitting Mr. Hill across the face. The stick broke."

Mr. Hill fell and got up as the two were still beating him and Mr. Hairston joined in the attack with a crash helmet.

"Kallon Lewis," the prosecutor alleged, "was seen to pull a knife from his waist area and stab at Mr. Hill, apparently connecting with his upper torso."

Miss Simmons reportedly used something resembling a screwdriver, he said, and "was stabbing at Mr. Hill's torso and upper side."

The victim, bleeding heavily from his upper body, was unable to defend himself and staggered towards his bike but collapsed before he reached it.

Mr. McColm finished by saying that Mr. Hill was later pronounced dead at the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital. The four accused boys were arrested hours later at Mr. Lewis's home along with two other young people, who were not before the court yesterday.

The Crown's objections to bail included the gravity of the crimes charged and other grounds centring on the early stage of the police investigation and the safety of the five defendants.

The only bail application came from Saul Froomkin for Mr. Hollis, who said there was a lack of evidence that Mr. Hollis did any stabbing.

After lengthy discussions on the law regarding remand of persons under 16 years, Mr. Warner remanded the five in prison custody - Messrs. Warner (no relation) and Hairston to West Gate Correctional facility and the others to the Co-Ed Facility at Ferry reach.

They return to court on August 28 for mention on the way to a preliminary inquiry.