Wanted murder suspect nabbed during curfew

Police nabbed murder suspect Keishon Bethel during 24-hour curfew

Nassau, BAHAMAS- Police nabbed a murder suspect who had eluded them for months during a nationwide curfew designed to stop community spread of the coronavirus.

Former wanted suspect Keishon Bethel made his initial court appearance on Friday, April 3.

Officers arrested the 21-year-old murder suspect for violating the nationwide curfew after they found him at Big Pond around 2am on April 1.

The 24-hour curfew confines residents to their homes unless they are conducting essential business, like banking, grocery shopping and fuelling their cars.

Police were looking for Bethel since the January 5 murder of 28-year-old Lynden Humes at John Road.

A gunman shot Humes while he drove his car. Humes drove off but crashed into a tree and died.

Bethel, 21, of Black Village, did not have to enter plea to the murder charge when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt.

Prosecutors plan to send the case to the Supreme Court for trial by a voluntary bill of indictment on June 2.

Bethel’s attorney, Roberto Reckley, told the court that although he was at the Central Detective Unit, police did not permit him to witness his client’s identification parade.

Reckley said that Bethel feared for his safety in prison because of “who the deceased was.”

He asked the court to order him held at the remand centre.

Meanwhile, Bethel’s trial on the curfew violation is set for September.