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The individual accused of the murder of Verlinda Joseph could be a free man next month, if the Director of Public Prosecutions is unable to prove her case in court by April.

The disclosure was made by Martinus Francois, the attorney representing Eugene St Romaine who has served 10 years on remand for allegedly causing the death of the minor child.

Francois successfully challenged the constitutionality of ST romaine’s incarceration in court in 2013 and his client was granted bail in the sum of 60 thousand dollars.

He says the DPP is yet to present arguments in the case because of a particular challenge.

Mr Francois says on that basis he moved for a dismissal of the case since the DPP is unable to bear the burden of proof.

He says she has until April this year when the case will be recalled.

Verlinda Joseph’s murder sent shockwaves throughout St Lucia in December 2002 after her body was found in the bushes a short distance from her Saltibus home.

She had been sexually assaulted, her neck broken and a chemical poured down her throat after she died.

Her father Eugene St Romaine was later arrested and charged for the crime.
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