Pair Accused Of Killing Pm's Press Secretary To Face Trial In 2016


Tribune Staff Reporter


TWO men scheduled to stand trial for the murder of Prime Minister Perry Christie’s press secretary, Latore Mackey, will now have their case heard in 2016.

Kelvin Deveaux, 19, and 23-year-old Dereck Neily appeared before Justice Bernard Turner yesterday for the expected start of their case.

However, the court is presiding over another matter. The case was rescheduled for October 2016 – the only available date for all legal parties concerned in the matter.

Mackey, 37, was deputy director of Bahamas Information Services, and owner of the Blue Reef Sports Bar and Lounge on West Bay Street.

He was shot in the neck around 4.30am off Market Street on August 25, 2014.

Deveaux, of Market Street, and Neily, of Young Close, face a charge of murder under Section 291 (1B) of the Penal Code, Chapter 84. A charge under this section does not attract the court’s discretionary death penalty but carries a sentencing range of 30 to 60 years imprisonment if convicted by a Supreme Court jury.

Deveaux and Neily have retained attorneys Geoffrey Farquharson and Michael Kemp to defend them against the charge.

Both accused men have been on remand at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services for the past 14 months.

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