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Pair Accused Of Role In Shooting Pm's Aide Face Delay In Case Transfer

By LAMECH JOHNSON

Tribune Staff Reporter

ljohnson@tribunemedia.net

TWO men accused of having a role in the shooting of a police aide attached to Prime Minister Perry Christie will not have their case transferred to the Supreme Court until next month.

Tahnarze Ferguson, 22, and 18-year-old Jorel Augustine were due to appear before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt for the presentation of a voluntary bill of indictment. However, the documents were not ready.

Police prosecutor Sgt Timothy Saunders asked for an additional four weeks to have the documents ready.

The request was granted and the matter adjourned to December 6 at noon.

The pair awaits trial on a charge of attempted murder of Sergeant Brent Dixon who was shot on Monday, September 5.

According to initial reports from police, Sgt Dixon had just pulled into the driveway of a home on Odle Corner when two men with handguns approached and demanded cash. A struggle followed and the officer was shot. He returned fire and shot one of the suspects while the other fled the area on foot, it was reported earlier.

Both Sgt Dixon and the injured suspect were taken to hospital for treatment.

Ferguson and Augustine will not be allowed to enter a plea to the charge until they are formally arraigned before a judge in the Supreme Court.

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