The popular 67-year-old Portland Businessman, Everton McDonald aka ‘Beachy Stout’ who was accused of murdering both his wives was denied bail by Justice Vinette Allen Graham. The airing for his bail was held on Wednesday, June.
According to the Supreme Court judge, Everton is considered to be dangerous with the ability to hire assassins. It’s also believed that should McDonald be granted bail he may go into hiding given the situation he is in and the sentences that may be imposed.
During the proceedings on Wednesday, the media was prevented from entering the courtroom to cover the happenings. “The accused is alleged to be responsible for the murder of his two wives. The court takes the view that these offences are serious offences, the nature is murder, it cannot get more serious than that,” Justice Allen Graham said.
Graham also highlighted that if Beachy is freed, the chances of him carrying out more crimes are high based on his history. The court believes that even though he may not commit the crime himself, it’s clear that he is the type to hire someone to get his dirty work done, “His modus operandi is to hire persons to kill” says the judge who also detailed that if released, he is very likely to interfere with witnesses, or otherwise obstruct the course of justice.
The court concluded that the evidence presented against Mr McDonald is very strong, too strong to offer bail. Court documents highlighted that Everton offered 3 million for the killing of his second wife who he reportedly wanted to be stabbed to death because his first wife was shot.
Denvalyn ‘Bubble’ Minott, Astor ‘Tiny’ Barnes and McDonald were all charged with the murder of Tonia Hamilton-McDonald; but Minott Pleaded guilty in September 2020, to the murder and was sentenced to 19 years in prison. He was ordered to serve 10 years before he would be eligible for parole consideration.
After the killing of Tonia, the 2009 case for McDonald’s first wife was revisited by the lawmen. There was a submission of a file to the (ODPP) Office of the Director of Public Prosecution before McDonald was charged with that other murder.
According to reports, the Portland businessman paid a police detective to make a plan for the killing of his first wife. She had left their matrimonial home 2 years before the murder.