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Adrian Byfield

Ten days after Rachael Logan was chopped to death, her common-law husband appeared in the Siparia Magistrates Court yesterday charged with her murder.

Jamaican Adrian Byfield, 49, a security guard, said nothing during his brief appearance before Senior Magistrate Margaret Alert in the First Court.

The charge alleged that between February 20 and 22 he murdered Logan at Quarry Road, Quarry Village, Siparia.

Logan’s body was discovered by her two sons, ages 10 and 27, in a bedroom at her home on February 21.

Police allegedly found Byfield hiding in the bushes with a rope and cutlass close to him on the ground.

PC Bernard of Homicide Bureau Region 3 charged Byfield after receiving advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on Sunday.

The funeral service for the 46-year-old mother of four was held last Friday.

Byfield was represented by attorney Alysa Habib.

Prosecutor Sgt Starr Jacob told the magistrate that a partial file was sent to the DPP’s office but there were about 25 to 30 statements in total.

The investigator, she added, was hoping to complete the file and submit it to the DPP in three months. The magistrate explained to Byfield that a preliminary inquiry will be done to determine if there is sufficient evidence for him to be committed to the High Court to stand trial.

The prosecution also disclosed a copy of the summary of evidence to Byfield.

Before remanding him into custody, the magistrate informed him that he was not entitled to bail.

The matter was adjourned to March 27. Logan’s sister, daughter and other relatives were in court.