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Man Behind Bars After Being Charged With Murder

By LAMECH JOHNSON

Tribune Staff Reporter

ljohnson@tribunemedia.net

A 28-year-old man is behind bars after being charged in Magistrates Court yesterday for killing a man last month.

Mario Elliot, of Peardale Road, was charged with murder under Section 291 (1B) of the Penal Code, Chapter 84 concerning the December 27, 2014 death of Samuel Riley.

A charge under this section does not attract the discretionary death penalty by a Supreme Court judge if a jury finds him guilty of murder.

Riley was walking on Carl Road off Claridge Road when he was shot multiple times by a man who left the scene in a Nissan Sentra vehicle.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Elliot was remanded to the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services without bail.

He is to return to court in March for presentation of a voluntary bill of indictment to the Supreme Court.

Another man was also arraigned in Magistrate’s Court yesterday on a number of serious charges.

Cordero Pedican, 19, of Wulff Road appeared before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt on four counts of attempted murder committed on New Year’s Eve 2014.

It is claimed that he intentionally used unlawful harm to attempt to cause the deaths of Carlton Sweeting, Cleo Sweeting, Corporal George Ward and Inspector Reynard Wood.

The accused, who also goes by the names Deon Grant and Latrent Ferguson, was chastised by the chief magistrate when he appeared to be smiling at the beginning of his arraignment.

“You find something funny?” the chief magistrate asked the accused, who looked away when questioned about his demeanour on capital charges.

“Don’t show your teeth to me, I am no dentist. And when I speak you look at me. This ain’t the streets; this is a court of law. I run things in here,” the judge said.

“Yes, ma’am” Pedican replied.

The accused, due to the nature of the offences, was not allowed to enter a plea to the charges.

He is scheduled to reappear in Magistrates Court on March 2 for the presentation of a Voluntary Bill of Indictment which will fast-track his case to the Supreme Court for trial.

Both men have a right to apply for a bond to the Supreme Court.

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