Last September, Purcell Estate resident Selroy Hanley was arrested and accused of stabbing Trevon Elliott repeatedly with an ice pick on Aug. 30 at the Purcell Estate basketball court.

At the time, he was charged with wounding with intent and being armed with an offensive weapon.

Mr. Elliott, however, died on March 24, and Mr. Hanley is now charged with murder, Senior Crown Counsel Khadija Beddeau said when Mr. Hanley appeared before the Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday afternoon to face the new charge.

Mr. Hanley has previously denied seeing Mr. Elliott on the day of the alleged stabbing, but he was not required to plead during the virtual hearing on Tuesday because the charge is indictable.


After Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards read the complaint on Tuesday, Ms. Beddeau summarised the allegations.

At about 6:30 a.m. on Aug. 30, she said, Mr. Elliott went to the Purcell Estate basketball court to have a drink and smoke with a friend.

After that friend left the area, Mr. Elliott walked near Mr. Hanley, who was trying to fix a scooter, according to the prosecutor.

Mr. Hanley, she said, insulted and attacked him, stabbing him repeatedly with an ice pick before leaving the scene.

Mr. Elliott fell down and remained on the ground until a passer-by called an ambulance, which took him to the Dr. D. Orlando Smith Hospital, Ms. Beddeau added.

Police later visited him in the hospital and took a statement from him, according to the prosecutor.

After further investigations, they arrested Mr. Hanley, who denied knowledge of the incident and said he had no interaction with Mr. Elliott on the day in question, she added.

Nevertheless, police charged him with wounding with intent and being armed with an offensive weapon.


Meanwhile, Mr. Elliott continued to receive treatment for stab wounds, including one to his neck and another that lacerated his liver, according to the prosecutor.

On March 24, however, he died after succumbing to “what was described as delayed complications of multiple stab wounds,” she said.

“These were the stab wounds inflicted by the defendant on the 30th of August 2022,” Ms. Beddeau alleged. “As a result, the defendant was charged with the offence of murder.”

No bail

Mr. Hanley’s attorney did not attend the Tuesday hearing, and no bail application was made.

Ms. Richards said the defendant had been on remand for about eight months even though a previous bail offer had been made in connection to the earlier charges.

That bail offer, she added, was vacated in light of the new charge.

A paper committal was scheduled for June 27.