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Keod Smith told to pay Save the Bays $375,000

THE Supreme Court has ordered attorney Keod Smith to pay $375,000 to Save The Bays, which was accumulated by the environmental group in court costs and fees during a legal battle.

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BEC bribe scandal firm wrote to Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham

A JURY heard yesterday that a French company was determined enough to outbid its Korean rival in obtaining a multi-million dollar project from the Bahamas Electricity Corporation that it attempted to make contact with then Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and then Deputy Prime Minister Frank Watson.

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Grand Cay woman caught with drugs in suitcase

A 21-year-old woman from Grand Cay, Abaco is in police custody on Thursday after she was arrested for possession of marijuana and cocaine found in a suitcase.

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Lawyers were charged with offences that did not exist

SIX months after bringing charges against a lawyer who denied accusations of witness intimidation and obstruction of justice, the Crown was compelled to concede yesterday that the charges were a nullity.

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Witness says he was part of BEC bribe deal

AN insurance advisor told a Supreme Court jury yesterday that a former board member at the Bahamas Electricity Corporation struck a deal that allowed him to receive a third of some $600,000 as a paid informant for a French company seeking to obtain the New Providence Expansion Phase Two contract with BEC.

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Laundromat robbers swiftly apprehended

QUICK response by New Providence police officers led to the arrest of two men early on Wednesday shortly after they committed an armed robbery at the Super Wash laundromat on Blue Hill Road South.

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Sentence delayed for man involved in death of breastfeeding mother

A JUDGE has reserved his decision on what sentence he will impose on a man convicted by a jury for his involvement in the fatal attempted carjacking of a woman who was breastfeeding her baby six years ago.

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Court backlog down by 322

THE backlog in criminal matters before the courts has been reduced by 322 cases since 2012, Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson said yesterday.

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Keith Bell: Crime plan has not failed

DESPITE the fact that nearly 500 homicides have been recorded during the Christie administration’s term, Minister of State for National Security Keith Bell does not believe the government’s crime-fighting strategies have failed.

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Murder victim identified

POLICE have identified the man who died in hospital hours after being shot in front of his home on Thursday as 36-year-old Kanill Darville.

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Three held after marijuana find

OFFICERS from the Selective Enforcement Team (SET) arrested three men following the seizure of a quantity of dangerous drugs on Sunday.

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Pathologist says victim may have been able to identify shooter

FORENSIC pathologist Dr Caryn Sands told a Supreme Court jury yesterday that it is possible for a murder victim to speak coherently within moments of receiving a fatal injury.

BEC bribery trial expected to start today

PROSPECTIVE jurors in the Alstom SA/Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) bribery case were instructed to return to the Supreme Court today for the expected start of trial.

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Conviction upheld for woman guilty of manslaughter

A WOMAN convicted of fatally stabbing her boyfriend had her conviction and seven year sentence for manslaughter affirmed by the Court of Appeal.

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DNA leader’s cousin hurt in raid

DEMOCRATIC National Alliance leader Branville McCartney has called on the Christie administration to reassess the way it approaches crime, saying yesterday it was evident that The Bahamas has an “undisciplined society”, in the wake of the shooting of his cousin Charles McCartney, who was seriously wounded early Saturday morning during a home invasion.