Lower bail for Coudray accused
THE alleged killer of schoolteacher Michelle Coudray-Greaves, daughter of Minister of Gender, Youth and Child Development Affairs Marlene Coudray, was on Monday given a better chance of securing bail when he appeared in a Jamaican court.
Ivan Taylor, who is accused of kidnapping and murdering Coudray-Greaves in June in Jamaica where she moved to take up a teaching job, has been remanded in custody, unable to make $400,000 bail granted in a court appearance on July 23.
According to a report in the Jamaica Gleaner, Taylor's attorney Stacy-Ann Young submitted in court that Taylor's wife was dead, his sister lives abroad and he has three young children.
The magistrate agreed to reduce the bail to $300,000 and the matter was postponed to November 13.
Coudray-Greaves's body was found in a burnt canefield at Barnett Estate, Montego Bay on June 8, six days after she went missing at Cornwall, near Montego Bay. She was last seen entering a taxi outside Cornwall College, where she was expected to fill a teaching position.
The body was identified using her dental records, which were supplied to the Jamaican authorities by her mother. Marlene Coudray stayed for one week in Jamaica, where she also witnessed her daughter's autopsy, which concluded that she died from blunt trauma to the head.