By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
A 23-year-old Freeport man was charged with armed robbery and murder in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.
Antonio Johnson, a resident of No 2 Garden Villas, appeared in Court Two before Magistrate Charlton Smith. He was represented by attorney Natalie Clarke.
It is alleged that on April 8, 2012, at Freeport, the accused robbed and shot Willie Bethel. He was not required to enter a plea to the charges, which are indictable offences.
Johnson was denied bail and remanded to the Department of Correctional Service until February 23, 2015 when a preliminary inquiry will be held.
In other court matters, Bradlow Lightbourne, 32, was charged with causing grievous harm to a young woman, who is still detained in serious condition in hospital.
The accused appeared before Magistrate Debbye Ferguson in Court One on Tuesday.
Lightbourne, a resident of Fortune Hills, is alleged to have intentionally caused bodily harm to Shantika Henfield.
He pleaded not guilty and told Magistrate Ferguson that he acted in self defence.
“I was protecting myself, she hit me first,” Lightbourne told the court.
When Magistrate Ferguson inquired about the victim’s condition, the prosecutor reported that doctors had listed Henfield’s condition as serious.
Magistrate Ferguson informed Lightbourne that he was not entitled to bail as a result of the charge and that he would have to apply to Supreme Court for bail. He remanded him to the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services until April 1, 2015.
Before adjourning the matter, Magistrate Ferguson asked the accused if there was anything he wanted to say.
Lightbourne informed the court that he has seizures and had not taken medication before coming to court because he is required to take it with food.
“Where is your medication now?” asked Magistrate Ferguson.
“It is in my backpack at Central Police Station,” he replied.
Magistrate Ferguson told Lightbourne to have his doctor write a letter about his condition and submit it to court by Wednesday, as it could affect the court’s decision.