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Three Held For Armed Robbery

By LAMECH JOHNSON ljohnson@tribunemedia.net THREE men are detained at Her Majesty's Prison after being arraigned in Magistrate's Court on multiple armed robbery and conspiracy charges. Drew Albury Burnside, 24; Pedro Williams, 24; and Shannaro Reckley, 19, appeared before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez in Court One at the new Nassau Street court complex. They were charged in connection the three armed robberies in Marsh Harbour, Abaco, the most recent of which took place last Wednesday. It is claimed that while armed with a handgun, the accused men robbed a man of $1,500 and a cell phone worth $150 on Christmas Eve. It is further alleged that the trio, armed with a knife and handgun, robbed another man of a wallet and cell phone, together valued at $70. They are also accused of robbing an employee of Picky Dilly's Takeaway of $120. The three men face additional charges of conspiring to commit these offenses. Chief Magistrate Gomez told them they were not required to enter pleas, due to the nature of the charges. Attorney Alexander Maillis II, representing Burnside and Williams, told the court he had asked that his clients be taken to hospital for treatment and examination while they were detained at the Central Detective Unit. He said his clients "have suffered brutality" while in police custody, and asked Burnside to lift up his shirt. The accused complied, exposing a blood-stained undershirt. Mr Maillis also said the case did not need to go before the Supreme Court, as this would be a waste of time and money. He said submissions would be made to this effect, and asked that all records pertaining to his clients be copied and made available to him. Mr Maillis also asked the chief magistrate to order that the accused men be examined. Chief Magistrate Gomez confirmed that he made notes of the complaints, and ordered that the men be examined. He told them a Voluntary Bill of Indictment would be served against them on March 14. "You will be remanded into custody until such time," he said.

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