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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


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

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



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.

Police probe murder, suicide bid


FREEPORT- A man killed a woman and then tried to end his life in Grand Bahama, police said.
Police found the woman stabbed to death, just before 9pm on Tuesday, September 24, inside an apartment in South Bahamia.
The victim’s boyfriend sustained life-threatening injuries when he jumped from the balcony of the same building after police failed to talk him down. He is in critical condition in hospital.



A Nassau man arrested after police allegedly found him with an assault rifle has been charged with a shooting that left one dead and two others injured.

Prosecutors say that 21-year-old Tarrico Bowleg, of Joan’s Drive, is responsible for the August 13 murder of Keion Butler and the attempted murders of Marvin Tilme and Chavez Thompson at Amos Ferguson Street.

Bowleg, who denied the firearm possession charge last week, was not required to enter a plea to the murder and attempted murder charges when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt on Tuesday, August 27.
He has been denied bail and returns to court in October.
Police said the victims were in a yard when two gunmen arrived in a silver car and opened fire on them.

Appeal Court upholds Frank Smith acquittal in corruption case

NASSAU-The Court of Appeal Wednesday denied the prosecution’s bid for a new trial for former Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Senator Frank Smith following his acquittal on bribery and extortion charges.
The tribunal rejected the prosecution’s arguments that the February 1 decision of the magistrate was flawed and erroneous in law, saying “there was an abundance of examples of doubtful testimony, which impelled the chief magistrate to her eventual conclusion.”
After the PLP’s defeat in the 2017 general election, Smith, 53, was charged with abusing his position as chairman of the Public Health Authority by demanding and receiving bribes totaling $60,000 from Barbara Hanna from April 2016 to 2017.
Smith and his supporters have said the prosecution was politically motivated.
Hanna’s company had been awarded a one-year contract to clean the critical care block of the Princess Margaret Hospital.
Hanna said Smith demanded $5,000 after she got her first cheque.
Initially, she thought the money was a one-time payment, but said she was shocked to learn that Smith expected $5,000 when she received her monthly cheque of $43,350.89.
She said that he should have told her beforehand , so that “I could put an additional $5,000 on the contract.”
But she claimed he told her this wasn’t possible because the contract had already been finalized.
A month before Hanna testified against Smith in November 2017, the governing Free National Movement (FNM) awarded her a $1.9 million contract to clean the hospital.
During her testimony, Hanna said she felt “pressured and used.” Hanna insisted that she didn’t initiate the complaint against Smith, but the police called her repeatedly.
She also admitted to calling Smith and warning him, “be careful, because they are out to get you.”
Deputy Director Neil Brathwaite said the Crown intends to seek leave to appeal to the Privy Council.
Outside court, Smith thanked God and his legal team, which was headed by Jamaican Queen’s Counsel K D Knight.

Death penalty sought for marine accused of murder


A marine could face the death penalty if convicted of murdering a superior officer at Government House.
Jevon Seymour, 34, was arraigned on a capital murder charge Friday in connection to the fatal shooting of 52-year-old Petty Officer Percival Perpall.
The shooting happened around 2:30am on April 28 in the guard room. Two other marines, Ellis Rahming and Calvin Hanna, were also shot in the incident but survived.
Seymour faces charges of attempted murder and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life in respect to their shootings.
Seymour, who is on remand, denied the charges at his arraignment before Justice Carolita Bethell, as supporters proclaimed his innocence outside court.
His case has been assigned to Justice Bernard Turner for trial.



A jet ski operator has been jailed for 20 months after police seized 111 pounds of ganja at his home during a raid.
Christopher Mortimer, 49, of Mount Tabor Estates, admitted to having the drugs with the intent to supply.
When police executed a warrant on Mortimer’s home on August 15, they found drugs in a suitcase—and in two crocus sacks in a shed outside.

Man accused of killing Cabinet Minister’s brother


NASSAU-A 22-year-old man accused of murdering the brother of a Cabinet Minister made his first court appearance today.
Lynden Williams, also known as Peanut, is charged with the August 4 murder of Cabrio Wells, the brother of Transport Minister Renward Wells, at Ridgeland Park.
Williams, who also lives Ridgeland Park, was not required to enter a plea when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt.
Williams has been denied bail.
He is represented by Glendon Rolle.

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