Beachy Stout bail hearing postponed

Published:Tuesday | March 23, 2021 | 12:18 AM

Everton McDonald, aka 'Beachy Stout'.

Everton McDonald, aka ‘Beachy Stout’.

The bail application for Portland businessman Everton ‘Beachy Stout’ McDonald, who is accused of orchestrating the murders of his two wives in separate incidents, has been postponed to April 13 in the Home Circuit Court.

McDonald is facing two counts of conspiracy to murder.

A bail application was scheduled for Monday before Justice Vinette Graham-Allen. However, the judge informed the court that she would not be able to hear the application based on the numbers of matters that had been scheduled for the day.

Consequently, a new date was scheduled and the accused remanded.

In the first murder matter, a cold case, he is charged in connection with the killing of Merlene McDonald, who was shot dead outside her home in Boundbrook, Portland, in May 2009.

It is alleged that he had paid a police detective to kill his wife after their marriage crumbled and she left the matrimonial home.

In the other case involving his second wife, Tonia McDonald, he is charged along with Asca Barnes in connection with the July 20, 2020, murder.

Tonia’s partially burnt body was found with the throat slashed beside her burnt car along the Sherwood Forest main road in Portland last July.

Another man, Denvalyn Minott, said to be the contract killer, was also arrested and charged but pleaded guilty in the Home Circuit Court last September and was sentenced to 19 years in prison.

The contract killer, in a witness statement, claimed that he was offered $3 million by the Portland businessman to end his wife’s life.

But Minott revealed in the statement that he hired another man to carry out the crime and that he watched as the man repeatedly stabbed the 32-year-old businesswoman.

McDonald is being represented by attorneys-at-law Matthew Hyatt and Bert Samuels.

tanesha.mundle@gleanerjm.com