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Man convicted of armed robbery and kidnapping

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Nassau, BAHAMAS-A man has been convicted after a businesswoman was robbed, tied up in bushes and forced to write a cheque.
Mark Rolle Jr was unanimously convicted of the 2022 armed robbery and kidnapping of Vashti Glinton.
She was accosted by two gunmen as she was about to open the Coral Harbour Food Store on July 22.
Glinton gave the robbers $700 cash. But that wasn’t enough to satisfy them.
They forced Glinton into her husband’s truck and drove her to the well-fields and tied her up.
Since Glinton didn’t have an ABM card, they made her write them a cheque for $3,000.
Before leaving Glinton in the bushes, Rolle cocked his gun and told her, “This is for you if the cheque doesn’t go through.”
After the robbers left, Glinton managed to free herself. She walked to the main road and got help from a passing motorist.
Later that day, police arrested Danella Mia Knowles at the Carmichael Road Branch of FirstCaribbean International Bank when she tried to cash the stolen cheque.
Knowles pleaded guilty to receiving in the middle of the trial.
They’re both in prison awaiting sentencing by Justice Joyann Ferguson-Pratt.
Carmen Brown was the prosecutor and Sonia Timothy-Knowles represented Rolle.
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Armored truck employees charged with $1.4m theft

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Nassau, BAHAMAS – Two employees of an armored car company are accused of stealing $1.4 million from the Bank of The Bahamas.
Oral Roberts, 34, and Akeil Holmes, 26, are charged with stealing and conspiracy to commit stealing.
Holmes faces charges of receiving of receiving and money laundering in relation to the $45,000 that was recovered from the heist.
The men were transporting $1,475,000 for the bank on November 2. They claim the theft occurred when the cash-filled car used by the company was left unattended at the airport.
However, police investigators believe the theft was an inside job.
Roberts and Holmes denied the charges at their arraignment before Magistrate Kendra Kelly.
Bail was set at $250,000 with two or three sureties and the accused will be fitted with ankle bracelets.
Their trial is set for February 20 and 21, 2024.

Man, 44, accused of sex with teen, 17

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Nassau, BAHAMAS- A 44-year-old man has been charged and is accused of having sex with a 17-year-old boy.
Leo Rolle, of West Street, is charged with unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor of the same sex.
Rolle, who knows the teen’s family, allegedly sexually assaulted the minor on October 19.
The teen’s grandmother reported the incident to the police.
Rolle, otherwise called Cardo, didn’t have to enter a plea to the charge when he appeared before Senior Magistrate Carolyn Vogt-Evans.
He was denied bail since the magistrate lacks the jurisdiction to consider bail for the offense.
However, Rolle can apply for bail in the Supreme Court.
He returns to court on March 11, 2024 to receive a voluntary bill of indictment.
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Man on bail gunned down leaving gym

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Nassau, BAHAMAS- Police are searching for the gunmen who shot and killed a man on bail as he left the gym Monday night.

It happened around 7:40pm outside MacFit360 in the Harbour Bay Shopping Centre.

Tennison Deleveaux, who also uses the last name Chisholm, was walking to his car when the occupants of another car riddled him with gunfire.

Chisholm, 29, died on the scene.

Deleveaux,of Yamacraw Beach Estates, was shot in the arm on July 7 while at Collins Avenue and Wulff Road.

He refused to tell police who shot him and why.

Deleveaux was charged with attempted murder in 2021 and murder in 2015.

Ex-prison officer charged with gang member’s murder

Nassau, BAHAMAS- A former prison officer has been denied bail after being charged with the murder of reputed member of the Grove Hot Niggas street gang.

Prosecutors say 28-year-old Desmond Gilbert is responsible for the October 21 murder of Valenbino McKenzie, otherwise known as Debo.

He didn’t have to enter a plea and was denied bail.

Gilbert’s next court date is February 8, 2024.

McKenzie was in the front of his home on First Street in Coconut Grove when he was ambushed by two gunmen.

McKenzie ran for his life, but the armed thugs pursued him and shot him multiple times, killing him on the spot.

The day after McKenzie’s murder, Gilbert was shot in the leg while in the front of his home in Big Pond.

It’s unclear if the incidents are related.

Gilbert survived another attempt on his life last April.

Gunmen opened fire on the car he was traveling with within minutes of his release on bail on a gun charge.

 

 

Mental tests order for man accused of stabbing coworker

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Nassau, BAHAMAS- A man accused of stabbing his coworker will undergo a psychiatric evaluation which will determine if he’s fit to plead.

David Poitier, 27, was arrested on October 24 after he allegedly stabbed 28-year-old Kandace Clarke in the back while at Poseidon’s Table in the Atlantis resort.

Poitier appeared before Magistrate Algernon Allen Jr to be formally charged with causing grievous harm and assault with a deadly weapon in relation to the incident.

Poitier, who has reportedly been receiving outpatient treatment for psychosis, was remanded into custody.

He returns to court on November 17.

Prison officer accused of sex with woman with mental disorder

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A Bahamas Department of Corrections officer will experience life behind bars after he was remanded to prison for allegedly having sex with a person with a mental disorder.

Christopher Gomez, 24, allegedly committed the crimes in July and August.

Prosecutors say the woman lacked the mental capacity to give consent.

Gomez didn’t have to enter a plea to the charges of unlawful sexual intercourse with a person with a mental disorder when he appeared before Senior Magistrate Carolyn Bigt-Evans.

The magistrate denied bail as she lacks jurisdiction to consider bail for the offense.

Gomez didn’t have a lawyer. As a result, he was unable to get an expedited bail hearing.

Man arrested after stabbing coworker

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Nassau, BAHAMAS- Police have arrested a 27-year-old man on suspicion of his stabbing his coworker at a local resort.

According to police, the man got into a fight with the 28-year-old woman and stabbed her.

The incident happened around 9am on Tuesday.

She was released from the hospital after being treated for her injury.

Rasta who lost challenge to drug law gets probation

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Nassau, BAHAMAS- A Rastafarian man whose drug arrest prompted a constitutional challenge to the Dangerous Drugs Act has pleaded guilty.

Police arrested Lorenzo Stubbs after they found 1.6 ounces of marijuana during a December 28, 2020 raid on his home.

The trial was put on hold after Stubbs challenged the drug legislation on the basis that infringed his right to religious freedoms.

In August, Justice Loren Klein dismissed the motion, paving the way for Stubbs’s trial to proceed.

Stubbs pleaded guilty to possession of dangerous drugs when he appeared before Acting Chief Magistrate Roberto Reckley this week.

He was placed on probation for eight months and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service.

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Man convicted of teen’s 2004 rape and kidnapping

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Nassau, BAHAMAS- A man who abducted a 14-year-old girl from her home, held her captive for four days and sexually assaulted has been convicted 19 years later.

Lincoln Poitier, 62, is expected to learn his fate for the January 2004 crimes on December 12.

Poitier was convicted of forcible detention, unlawful sexual intercourse and kidnapping.

He was a close friend of the now 34-year-old victim’s family and was allowed to take her to Junkanoo and other events.

But on January 3, Poitier betrayed the family’s trust and didn’t bring the girl home.

Instead, he handcuffed her and tied her to a tree in bushes near the Airport Industrial Park.

Poitier raped the teen twice during her captivity.

She was rescued on January 8 after she was able to slip out of her cuffs due to extreme weight loss.

Police didn’t catch Poitier until more than three years after the teen’s rescue.

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