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Man strikes wife after she throws bloody pad in his face


NASSAU-A man struck his wife after she hit him in the face with her bloodied sanitary pad, a court heard.

His angry wife threw the soiled pad after she confronted him about another woman who had recently moved into their neighborhood.

But police charged the husband with assault after his wife filed a complaint.

The man’s name has been withheld to protect his privacy.

He pleaded guilty to the assault charge when he appeared before a magistrate today.

He told the court, “I love her. I’m going to make it up to her.”

The magistrate asked him why he hit his wife.

The man replied, “She hit me in the face with a pad.”

The astonished magistrate asked, “With blood on it?”

The man said, “Yes.”

The magistrate asked the wife what possessed her to use the soiled pad as a weapon.

She explained, “A Haitian woman just moved in our area and he told me to be careful of her.

“But 10 minutes later I saw them talking.”

The man maintained that the conversation was innocent.

He said, “I didn’t do anything wrong. I’m going to make it up to her; I love her.”

Although the husband admitted the charge, the magistrate did not record a conviction.

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Prison guard fined for sick slip scam


NASSAU-A corrections officer who forged a sick slip paid fines totaling $1,500 to avoid spending four months in prison.

Garenda Pinder, 25, gave himself an extra day off by altering a sick slip he’d received from the South Side Clinic on August 13, 2019.

Pinder had also missed work the day before and asked Dr. Mercianna Moxey to backdate the document.

He made the change himself after the doctor refused, the court heard.

Pinder’s supervisor had suspicions about the authenticity of the sick certificate and launched an internal investigation.

Once the investigation concluded, Corrections Commissioner Charles Murphy called police who arrested Pinder on Monday.

Pinder pleaded guilty to charges of forgery, possession of a forged document and fraud by false pretenses at his arraignment today.

Pinder now has a criminal record and he’s lost a job that he had for four years.

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Panic as suspect dies in court


NASSAU-A packed courtroom watched in horror as a drug suspect died from an epileptic seizure Monday morning.
According to witnesses, court staff and police were in a panic as 26-year-old Jermaine Adderley convulsed uncontrollably.
The tragic incident calls into question whether police have adequate training to deal with medical emergencies.
Adderley, according to his lawyer Keith Seymour, did not request his medication while in custody despite a history of seizures.
A coroner’s inquest will be held to investigate the circumstances surrounding Adderley’s death.
Adderley was arrested with Michael Newland, 39, and Tristan Johnson, 18, on January 10.
Police allege they had 7.8 ounces of marijuana, 187 ecstasy pills, 21 grams of ecstasy powder, which they intended to supply. They were also charged with possession of one gram of cocaine.
Seymour said his client who had a pending trial on charges of peddling narcotics and prescription drugs was a victim of circumstances.
Seymour said he was “simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes suspended court for the day because his staff was reportedly traumatized by the incident.
The arraignment of Adderley’s co-accused took place in another court.
Newland and Johnson were arraigned on the drug charges before Magistrate Jeanine Weech-Gomez.
They denied the charges and were denied bail.
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Two charged in man’s murder in The Grove


Two charged in man’s murder in The Grove
Police have charged two men over an alleged plot to kill the country’s last murder victim of 2019.
Prosecutors allege that Ombre Moss and Bernard Taylor on December 29, 2019 conspired with others to kill Jermaine Williams.
Prosecutors say Moss carried out the plan the following day when Williams was gunned down at Second Street in Coconut Grove.
The suspects were not required to enter a plea at their initial court appearance.
They have been denied bail and return to court on February 25.
Moss complained that he was a victim of police brutality.
For his part, Taylor said police had not thoroughly investigated the matter because his ankle bracelet provided him with an alibi.
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Man charged with first murder of 2020


NASSAU-A 20-year-old man has been officially charged with the country’s first murder of the year.
Roobens Elusme, of Market Street, is accused of the January 1 shooting death of Marco Meadows at Third Street, Coconut Grove.
Meadows, a former policeman, was killed in a drive-by shooting near his home.
Elsusme wasn’t required to enter a plea to the charge and was denied bail when he appeared before a magistrate on Monday.
Elusme told the magistrate that officers at the Central Detective Unit refused to take him to see a doctor after they beat him with a bat.Copyright © Bahamas Court News 2020. All rights reserved.

Police investigate latest murder

NASSAU-A man was killed in a drive-by shooting Monday night, police said.
The fatal shooting happened at Montgomery Avenue, off Carmichael Road around 7pm.
The victim was standing in the street when he was gunned down by the occupants of a black Toyota Passo.
Jacquelin Francois, 36, is the fourth murder victim of the year.
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Tourist admits flashing hotel maid and walks free


NASSAU- An American tourist who admitted to masturbating in front of woman hotel work received no punishment for his actions.

Matthew Brown, 32, flashed the woman and began playing with himself in his room at the Grand Hyatt on January 5.

The housekeeper reported the matter to police and Brown was arrested and charged.

Brown, who was vacationing with his girlfriend, received an absolute discharge.

He was also ordered to apologize to his victim in writing.

In asking for leniency, Brown’s lawyer Lisa Bostwick-Dean said that a conviction of any sort would jeopardize his job in the financial sector.

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Man’s body found in bushes


EXUMA-Police are investigating after a man’s body was found in “a bushy area” in Bahama Sound Number 3 around 1pm Friday, November 10.

Police have described the death as “suspicious” and say they are waiting on an autopsy.

Now, the body was found in the same area that missing man Kirkwood Johnson lived.

The 54-year-old has been missing since November 22, 2019.

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Retrial: Courts give digital recording second chance


NASSAU-The judiciary plans to expand the use of digital recording systems although past glitches have led to lost testimony in the lower courts.
In her annual report, Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt said, “Last year a digital system was put in place, but, sadly, I have observed that it is not fully functional in terms of transcriptions, and in some courts the recording facility of the machine is compromised.”
Stenographers were removed from the Magistrates’ Courts in 2014, forcing magistrates to record testimony by hand.
The recording system was intended to take the record in place of the stenographers.
However, because of of malfunctions, human reporters are still provided in high-profile Magistrates’ Court cases.


Although Chief Justice Brian Moree admitted that the digital system “did not achieve its objectives”, he intends to expand the system to all courts.
Speaking at a ceremony to mark the opening of the legal year, Moree said, “Digital recording systems will be installed in all courts in New Providence and Freeport.
“Transcription will be carried out as a back office service by voice writers after cross training.”
This move, Moree said, would speed up appeals since fewer transcripts would be required, once the recordings become the official record.
It’s unclear how this will plan affect the the 31 reporters in the court reporting unit.
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Boy, 15, charged in stabbing that sent two students to hospital

NASSAU-A 15-year-old appeared in court charged with grievous harm after two other teens were stabbed in a fight at C V Bethel Senior High School.
The accused, who cannot be named because of his age, denied the charge during his arraignment in the Juvenile Court on Thursday, January 9.
Prosecutors say teen stabbed his schoolmates, ages 14 and 16, in the head with a pocket knife on January 7.
He was denied bail and remanded to the Simpson Penn School For Boys.
He returns to court on February 19.
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