By PAVEL BAILEY
A MAN was remanded to prison yesterday after being charged with murder.
Javaughn Charlton, 23, stood before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson Pratt accused of killing Michael Beckford on April 3.
Beckford was killed at a barber shop at the junction of Baillou Hill and Marshall Road.
An initial report from police said the deceased was a patron of a barber shop when a “lone gunman” walked in and shot at him. The deceased managed to walk down the steps. but then collapsed, police said.
In court, Charlton was told that due to the nature of the offence he would not be required to enter a plea. The accused was also informed that his case would proceed to the Supreme Court through a voluntary bill of indictment.
During the arraignment, Charlton told the chief magistrate that he was in fear of his life in custody. Magistrate Ferguson-Pratt said she would speak to the relevant authorities on his behalf.
The accused was remanded to the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services (BDCS) until October 7.
In a separate matter, Javar Ferguson, 24, appeared before Chief Magistrate Ferguson-Pratt on charges of attempted murder and possession of a firearm.
On March 6 at Ferguson Street and Dumping Ground Corner, Ferguson allegedly attempted to murder Jawuan Armbrister with a handgun. Another man was also arrested in connection with this incident.
In court, Ferguson was told that he was not required to enter a plea to his charges. He was also denied bail. He was then remanded to BDCS until his next trial date on October 5.
Meanwhile, Michael “Mikey” Anderson, 47, also stood before Chief Magistrate Ferguson-Pratt on a charge of abetment to attempted murder.
According to the prosecution, on April 1 in New Providence the accused allegedly aided in the attempted murder of Donald Brown.
Anderson was told that due to the nature of his offence he would not be required to enter a plea. Although bail was denied, he was told that he had the right to apply for pretrial release in the Supreme Court.
After a brief meeting with his wife and daughter, the accused was remanded to BDCS until his next trial date on October 5.