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Plan to make child support payments easier

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NASSAU-It will soon be easier to make and receive child support payments.
Chief Justice Brian Moree QC said the payment and collection process will be as simple as topping up a prepaid phone.
The proposal, which should take effect by April, eliminates the need to stand on long lines at the Magistrates’ Court Complex.
It won’t be necessary to enter the building at all, since payment machines will be installed in businesses and other public buildings.
This was just one of the changes that the Chief Justice announced at the opening of the legal year.
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Tourist robber jailed for two years

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NASSAU-Wearing an ankle bracelet didn’t stop a man from robbing a tourist on New Year’s Day.
But it was the GPS tracker on his victim’s stolen iPhone 10 Plus that quickly led police to Alando Williams.
Then police used the data from the bracelet—issued as a condition of bail for a stealing case— to tie him to the scene.
What was he thinking? During a police interview, the busted crook blamed using Molly, otherwise known as ecstasy, for his lack of judgment.
He pushed his Australian victim to the ground as she walked the Cable Beach strip and took her purse.
Police recovered the stolen phone and an Australian $20 note. The 23-year-old had already ditched his victim’s bag and IDs by the time he was caught.
Williams pleaded guilty to the tourist robbery at his arraignment before Magistrate Samuel McKinney.
He was jailed for two years.
Meanwhile, the stealing case is still pending.
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Second man killed in shooting

NASSAU-Police are on the scene of the country’s third murder of 2020.

A man was shot dead at Prison Lane around 9pm Sunday, hours after another man was fatally shot at John Road.

One dead after shooting

NASSAU-A man was killed in a shooting Sunday.

He was shot at John Road and drove off when he lost consciousness and his Nissan Cube crashed.

The incident happened shortly before 7pm.

Man jailed for rum cake thefts

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NASSAU-A thief literally took the cake.
Demetrius Delancy was jailed for two years after he admitted stealing 12 cakes during a December 20 break-in at the Rum Cake Factory on East Bay Street.
Delancy, 33, of Spence Street, Mason’s Addition, was caught on camera taking the cakes that sell for $5.62 each.
Delancy pleaded guilty to shopbreaking, stealing and damaging the storefront window to gain entry.
Delancy, who has multiple convictions for similar crimes, claimed he planned to eat the sweet treats instead of selling them.
He said it was difficult getting work due to his criminal record.
Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes advised Delancy to learn a trade while in prison so that he could become a productive member of society on release.
The Bahamas Department of Corrections offers barbering, welding, and sewing courses to sentenced inmates.
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Man accused of death threats over missing meal

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NASSAU-A feud over of a plate of food has landed a man in prison.

Prosecutors say Temiko Smith, of Plantol Street, pulled a gun and made death threats towards his family on December 26, 2019 because he couldn’t find the Christmas dinner leftovers he had set aside.

Smith has pleaded not guilty to charges of threats of death and assault with a deadly weapon.

He’s been refused bail and returns to court on January 28 for trial.

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Ex-Cop is first murder victim of 2020

Meadows: First murder victim of 2020
NASSAU- A former policeman became the first murder victim of 2020 when he was gunned down on New Year’s Day.
According to police, 36-year-old Marco Meadows was killed in a drive-by shooting as he walked on Third Street in Coconut Grove around 9pm.
Police said the gunmen arrived and left in a black Kia SUV.
Meadows was dismissed from the police force about a decade ago and had served time in prison for drug trafficking.
His violent end was a typical start to the new year in a community accustomed to gun violence.
The final murder of 2019 occurred just a street away.
Police found Jermaine Williams dead on Second Street when they responded to gunshots in the area.
It’s unclear whether the incidents are related.
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Foreign divers sue for access to crawfish season

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NASSAU-Twenty foreign fishermen have filed a class action lawsuit accusing the Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources of violating immigration laws by refusing to renew their dive compressor permits.

The Dominican and Honduran divers, through their lawyer Dion Smith, have asked the Supreme Court to compel Minister Michael Pintard to issue the permits so that they can continue to harvest crawfish for their Bahamian employers.

The plaintiffs have Bahamian spouses and hold either permanent residence or spousal permits, which allow them to work without restrictions, the lawsuit alleges.
Despite this, they were refused permission to participate in the 2019/2020 crawfish season.
At a press conference held before the crawfish season opened on August 1, 2019, Pintard said, “The government is taking a policy decision to go back to the practice of protecting this sector for Bahamians. And while this minister is awaiting the written Cabinet approval with respect to it, we have no intention from this ministry’s standpoint to issue any compressor permit to any person, unless otherwise directed by the Cabinet of The Bahamas.
Smith says the minister’s decision has caused hardship for the plaintiffs.
The crawfish season closes on March 31, 2020.
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Man injured in suicide bid faces murder charge

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Police wheel murder suspect Kenrick Hanna into court

NASSAU-A man left disabled by a failed suicide attempt was wheeled into court on Christmas Eve to be charged with the murder of his girlfriend.
Kenrick Hanna, 29, broke his pelvis and sustained other serious injuries when jumped from a building after the September 24 murder of Monet Darville in Freeport, Grand Bahama.
He made his court appearance before Senior Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis exactly three months after Darville was stabbed to death in front of relatives at an apartment in South Bahamia.
Hanna jumped from a third-floor balcony of that building when police arrived.
He was airlifted to the Princess Margaret Hospital in Nassau for treatment for injuries sustained in the fall but was kept under police guard.
Hanna, who showed no emotion during his brief court hearing, was not required to enter a plea because a magistrate cannot try a murder case.
Rolle-Davis remanded Hanna to prison over the objections of defense lawyer Miranda Adderley.
She argued that the conditions at the prison were not appropriate for a disabled suspect.
Adderley said that Darville’s doctor said he required at least another month of bed rest, but there are no beds at the prison.
Hanna returns to court on March 4 for service of a Voluntary Bill of Indictment (VBI), which will send the case to the Supreme Court for trial.
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Appeal filed after convict freed on bail

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Albee: He was bailed on $5,000 instead of jailed

The Crown has appealed the grant of bail to American boat captain Peter Albee immediately after his conviction and sentence for a 2017 stabbing.
Ordinarily, a challenge to the grant of bail prevents the release of the applicant.
But Albee, of Plantation, Florida, had already left the country by the time officials realized he’d been bailed and not jailed.
Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt released Albee on $5,000 shortly Senior Magistrate Carolyn Vogt-Evans sentenced him to 18 months for causing grievous bodily harm on September 4.
The appeal questions whether the chief magistrate had the authority to grant him bail.
During his testimony, Albee, 62, smugly admitted to stabbing Jak Hannaby-Cummins, as he tried to evict him from his parents’ guest house in Port New Providence.
Albee had been given board as part of his employment with the family. But he refused to vacate the premises after his dismissal.