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‘ERADICATION’: Smith accuses Govt of racist plan to wipe out Haitian communities

THE attorney representing shanty town residents in a judicial review centred on the demolition of unregulated communities yesterday accused the government of embarking on a “dictatorial” policy to completely eliminate ethnically Haitian-Bahamian communities.

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Court-appointed lawyer to defend shooting accused

A MAN who was accused of fatally shooting another man in 2004 will receive a court-appointed lawyer to defend him against the Crown’s appeal against a judge’s decision to stay the proceedings of his case.

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Man fined for cocaine

A 32-year-old man who claimed he used cocaine as an antibiotic to help alleviate his immune deficiency disorder has to pay $100 to avoid spending a month behind bars.

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Arraignment delay

A MAGISTRATE yesterday questioned why a Jamaican man who was charged with overstaying was not arraigned until about a week after his arrest.

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Legal challenge to Emergency Powers Orders denied

THE Supreme Court has denied a judicial review application that seeks to challenge the competent authority’s Emergency Powers Orders, with Justice Indra Charles ruling that a constitutional motion would be the appropriate route for the applicant to take, not a judicial review.

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Man accused of rape

A 35-year-old man was charged with rape in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

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Bail for break-in suspect

AN Eleuthera man who denied breaking into a man’s home on the island was yesterday granted bail ahead of his trial.

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LANDLORD TOLD TO PAY BACK MONEY

A LANDLORD who pocketed downpayments from two potential tenants she failed to rent her property to was yesterday ordered to reimburse the people she stole from.

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Teen accused of indecent assault

A TEENAGER was arraigned in Magistrate’s Court yesterday charged with the indecent assault of a five-year-old girl.

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Trio charged with armed robbery

THREE men were charged with armed robbery in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

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‘I DIDN’T KNOW’ MARIJUANA WAS ILLEGAL

AN American tourist who tried to travel back to the United States with marijuana gummies and brownies was yesterday fined $200.

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Pair accused of seeking to sexually exploit teen girls

A MAN and woman who denied conspiring to sexually exploit two teenage girls through human trafficking will learn Thursday whether they will be granted bail ahead of their trial.

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Man pleads guilty to harming his child's mother

A 23-year-old man who struck his child’s mother in the face during a physical argument at his residence was on Friday ordered to compensate her for her injuries.

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Man denies harming pregnant girlfriend

A 40-year-old man who denied grievously harming his pregnant girlfriend was on Friday granted bail before his trial.

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WHY DID YOU DETAIN THEM? Govt told to prove refugees’ two-year detention is lawful

THE government has been ordered to prove it acted lawfully when officials detained a group of asylum seekers who sought to take refuge in the country after fleeing Cameroon over fear of persecution.

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Three accused of causing harm

THREE men who denied harming four people, damaging a police vehicle and attempting to obstruct justice were yesterday granted bail ahead of their trial.

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Teacher would have faced prison

A TEACHER who was murdered earlier this year would have been given prison time had he lived.

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Cannabis group wants marijuana licences

A LEADER of a local cannabis organisation is calling on the government to give the group “one of every type of licence” that will be issued in a legal marijuana industry.

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Man charged with marijuana possession

A 29-YEAR-OLD man who was found with over five ounces of marijuana must attend four months of drug counselling to avoid spending three months in prison.

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Pair caught fighting in road over cellphone

TWO men who were caught fighting in the road over a cellphone in the early hours of the morning were yesterday warned to keep the peace.

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Employee accused of theft

A FREEPORT woman was charged with stealing by reason of employment yesterday.

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Man accused of robbery bid

A 28-year-old man was remanded to prison over allegations he attempted to rob a woman earlier this month.

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Man accused of robbery bid

A 28-year-old man was remanded to prison over allegations he attempted to rob a woman earlier this month.

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Repeat offender convicted again over stealing

AN ex-convict who was released from prison for good behaviour was yesterday sentenced to five years behind bars after he repeated the same offence that had landed him in prison in the first place.

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Man denied bail in threat case

A 28-YEAR-OLD man was remanded to prison yesterday accused of robbing a man and threatening to kill another earlier this month.

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Haitian man jailed for fraud

A HAITIAN man who defrauded a number of government agencies in an attempt to acquire legal status in the country was yesterday fined over $10,000 and sentenced to six months in prison.

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Four accused over drugs

FOUR men on Grand Bahama were arrested for drug possession with intent to supply, according to police.

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Tourists forfeit $11,000 to court

TWO American tourists who were accused of making a false declaration to a US customs officer chose to forfeit over $11,000 when arraigned before a magistrate yesterday.

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Teenager accused of trying to kill five

A TEENAGER was yesterday remanded to prison accused of attempting to murder five people earlier this month.

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Teenager claimed he found loaded pistol

A MAGISTRATE is set to determine the fate of a teenager who was found with a loaded pistol he claimed to have found in his neighbourhood last week.

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Man accused of raping women

A 39-year-old man was remanded to prison on Friday after being accused of raping several women between January and last month.

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Four charged in connection with Fire Trail Road drug seizure

FOUR men were arraigned in a Magistrate’s Court Friday in connection with the recent seizure of more than $300,000 worth of marijuana found at a residence on Fire Trail Road.

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MAN THREATENED MOTHER OF HIS CHILD

A 33-YEAR-OLD man who was last week accused of threatening his ex-girlfriend with a boxcutter was yesterday placed on probation for two years.

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FOUR FOUND WITH DRUGS AND GUNS

FOUR people were found with marijuana, firearms and ammunition at a Lucaya residence on Grand Bahamas this week, police reported.

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RETRIAL ORDERED FOR MAN ACCUSED OF TRYING TO KILL COP

THE Court of Appeal yesterday ordered the retrial of a man who was acquitted of attempting to murder a police officer four years ago after the Director of Public Prosecutions appealed the judge’s decision to uphold his no case submission.

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Mechanic denies stealing car

A MECHANIC who denied stealing a man’s car was yesterday granted bail ahead of his trial.

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Court of Appeal dismisses application of man who was juvenile when charged

THE Court of Appeal yesterday dismissed the application of a man who attempted to have his burglary and armed robbery case heard summarily since he was a juvenile at the time when he was charged with the offences.

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Haitian Man says he was told he was beaten because Bahamians could not find work while he was employed

A HAITIAN man whose rough arrest was captured in a viral video over a year ago, yesterday testified that an immigration officer told him he was beaten because Bahamians could not find work while he was gainfully employed at BTC.

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GRAND BAHAMA COUPLE CHARGED OVER DRUGS

A GRAND Bahama couple was charged with possession of dangerous drugs with intent to supply in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court this week.

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Double killer launches appeal

A MAN convicted of robbing and killing a married couple in Grand Bahama five years ago has launched an appeal against his 60-year conviction.

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Woman who gave police wrong name discharged with warning

A 38-YEAR-OLD woman who claimed she gave officers the wrong name because people commonly confused her surname with another name of a similar pronunciation was discharged with a warning.

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Taxi driver appeals conviction for assault

A TAXI driver who was fined $1,000 for assaulting a road traffic supervisor with her vehicle is appealing her conviction.

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‘Blind’ driving attorney loses sanctions fight

A Supreme Court judge has refused to give an attorney “a second bite at the cherry” and appeal sanctions related to his management of a $30m estate on the basis he is “legally blind”.

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Court of Appeal to decide if Khofe Goodman can appeal sentence

THE Court of Appeal is set to determine whether Khofe Goodman, the man convicted of the murder of 11-year-old Marco Archer, will be granted permission to appeal his 55-year prison sentence.

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Judges sit to settle right to be citizen

THE Court of Appeal held a rare full-court hearing yesterday to consider Supreme Court Justice Ian Winder’s historic ruling that children born out of wedlock to Bahamian men and foreign women are citizens at birth and do not have to wait until 18 to apply for citizenship.

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HE CAME FOR A JOB, HE LEFT AS A THIEF

A 35-YEAR-OLD man who stole a fast-food worker’s backpack after he visited the establishment to apply for a job was yesterday sentenced to six months in prison.

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THREE ACCUSED OF STEALING FROM KELLY’S

THREE men were yesterday accused of stealing $14,000 worth of goods from Kelly’s Freeport Limited by reason of employment.

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Judge calls for criminal probe into attorney’s ‘possible fraud’

A Supreme Court judge has urged the director of public prosecutions to investigate an attorney for “possible fraud” over a series of six-figure transactions involving the same real estate parcel.

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Woman fined $1,500 for expired visa

A JAMAICAN woman who was caught living in the country on an expired visa was ordered to pay $1,500 to avoid spending three months behind bars prior to her deportation back to her home country.

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MAN DENIES ASSAULT AND THEFT

AN ELEUTHERA man who denied assaulting another man and stealing a woman’s purse was granted bail ahead of his trial.

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Sentence upheld in gun possession case

THE Court of Appeal yesterday affirmed the sentence of a man who was convicted in 2017 for having an unlicensed loaded gun.

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Bid to appeal rulings dismissed in incest case

THE Court of Appeal yesterday dismissed the applications of two men who attempted to appeal two judicial rulings that gave police permission to have medical practitioners draw blood samples from them to aid officers in their investigation into an incest case.

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Haitian man accused of fraudulent marriage

A HAITIAN man was remanded into custody over allegations he entered into a fraudulent marriage more than a decade ago in order to obtain a spousal permit.

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‘Pay money back or get a criminal record’

A MECHANIC who accepted funds for a service he never completed was ordered to reimburse his client to avoid getting a criminal record.

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Teen who punched rival told to take anger management classes

A TEENAGER who admitted punching and slapping his rival during a fist fight was yesterday ordered to attend anger management classes.

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Haitian man fined $1,500

A HAITIAN man who was found in the country with an expired visa was ordered to pay $1,500 to avoid spending three months in prison before his deportation.

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MP’s firm fighting $450k blaze claim

FIRE destroyed four residential units in Harbour Island when an unlicensed gas company owned and operated by North Eleuthera MP Rickey Mackey performed services there in June 2018, plaintiffs allege in court documents.

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Former bank employee charged with stealing $30,000

A FORMER Commonwealth Bank employee was charged in a Magistrate's Court on Friday with stealing more than $30,000 from her employer over a seven-month period.

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Man accused of stealing car bumper

A 50-year-old man accused of stealing a car bumper last month was granted $500 bail in the Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

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Man charged with threatening to kill two men

A 44-year-old man was charged in Magistrate’s Court on Friday for threatening to kill two men.

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Retrial ordered for man accused of sex with child

THE Court of Appeal yesterday ordered a retrial after it set aside a judge’s ruling regarding a man who was accused of having unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.

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Haitian woman who lied to immigration fined $1,500

A HAITIAN woman who falsely told immigration officers that she had travelled to the country on a wooden sloop, although in fact she had entered by plane, was yesterday fined $1,500.

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$1,800 fine for man found with $1,000 worth cocaine

A 51-year-old man, found with $1,000 worth of cocaine last week, was ordered to pay $1,800 to avoid spending six months in prison.

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Woman is quizzed over stabbing death

POLICE are questioning a woman in connection with the stabbing to death of another woman, according to police press liaison officer Superintendent Audley Peters.

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Dominoes game ends in court

A MAN who dislocated his neighbour’s shoulder after she cheated in a game of dominoes was yesterday ordered to compensate her for her injuries.

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Man who refused to put out fire is bound to keep the peace

A MAN who refused to extinguish an open fire he started after being instructed to do so by police officers was yesterday bound to keep the peace for six months.

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Man given $150 fine for slapping six-year-old boy

A 32-year-old man who claimed he slapped a little boy because he called him a “sissy” and threw a bottle at him was yesterday fined $150.

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INDECENT ASSAULT SUSPECT DENIED BAIL

A 40-year-old man was remanded to prison accused of indecently assaulting a woman earlier this month.

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STAY OUT OF TROUBLE, MAN TOLD AFTER THREAT TO KILL BOAT MATE

A 45-year-old who threatened to kill his boat mate during a drunken argument was yesterday discharged on the agreement that he would stay out of trouble.

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MAN DENIES POSSESSION OF GLOCK GUN

A 47-year-old man who denied being in possession of an unlicensed firearm was granted bail ahead of his trial.

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Guilty of riding around in car with loaded guns

A MAGISTRATE yesterday convicted a man who was caught riding around in a car with two loaded guns.

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$200 fine for marijuana

A FISHERMAN who was found with over two ounces of marijuana was yesterday fined $200.

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Man guilty of overstay says he fled uncle’s killers

A JAMAICAN man, who claimed he fled his home country to avoid being targeted by his uncle’s killers after he witnessed the murder, was charged in the Magistrate’s Court with overstaying his time in The Bahamas.

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Six months for marijuana possession

A REPEAT offender found with a quantity of marijuana was on Friday sentenced to prison for six months.

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Man denies stealing car

A 25-year-old man who denied stealing another man’s car and trying to pass it off as his own was on Friday granted bail ahead of his trial.

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Man deported ‘after living in bushes and eating coconuts’

A HAITIAN man who claimed he lived in bushes and survived off coconuts after he travelled to The Bahamas on a wooden sloop was yesterday fined $300 before being deported back to his home country.

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Appeal court quashes harbouring conviction

THE Court of Appeal yesterday ordered that a woman who had been fined $3,000 for harbouring an illegal immigrant be reimbursed, after ruling the magistrate could not have found the charge against the appellant proved.

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Concerns over backlog and lack of judges in Grand Bahama

A GRAND Bahama attorney has expressed concern about the lack of judges and long delay in trial dates for criminal matters at the island’s Supreme Court.

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Jail for attack with metal bar

A HARBOUR Island man who last week swung a metal bar at a man before threatening to kill him was sentenced to three months in prison.

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Man ‘threatened to kill’ ex

A 28-year-old man who threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend during an argument was yesterday warned to be of good behaviour.

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Venezuelan women on overstaying charge

TWO Venezuelan women who said they fled their home country to escape violence after their husbands were murdered were yesterday charged with overstaying.

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Man accused of assaulting wife is granted bail

A MAN who denied assaulting his wife with a firearm was yesterday granted bail ahead of his trial.

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Defence Force officer on rape charge

A ROYAL Bahamas Defence Force officer was yesterday charged with the rape of a female colleague.

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Man ‘stole liquor to pay for drugs’

A 55-year-old man who stole two bottles of liquor he claimed he planned to sell to support his drug addiction was yesterday fined $600.

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Pair charged with armed robbery

A MAN and teenager were yesterday charged in the Magistrate’s Court with armed robbery.

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Man claimed he groped girl accidentally

A 27-year-old man who claimed he accidentally groped a little girl in the back of a local food store because he was high on drugs was yesterday fined $1,000.

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A year behind bars for stealing $1,500

A SAN SALVADOR man who broke into a woman’s residence to steal nearly $1,500 was yesterday sentenced to a year behind bars.

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Harbour Island man charged with shooting death

A HARBOUR ISLAND man was charged on Friday with murder in connection with a shooting incident last week that left another man in the settlement dead.

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Haitian man fined over fraudulent permit

A HAITIAN man who travelled to the country on a fraudulent work permit that he claimed to have purchased from an airline agent in his home country was ordered to pay $2,200 to avoid spending a year behind bars.

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Four siblings accused of assault with bat

FOUR siblings accused of assaulting a woman with a bat were granted bail on Friday ahead of their trial.

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Maid ordered to pay back stolen money

A MAID who stole more than $1,000 cash from her employer was on Friday fined $500 and ordered to pay back the stolen money.

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Sports bar killer’s sentence upheld by Court of Appeal

THE Court of Appeal has upheld the 30-year prison sentence of a man who was convicted of manslaughter and two counts of attempted murder after he was accused of opening fire in a local sports bar in 2015.

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Man who sent death threats must take counselling

A 27-year-old man who admitted sending death threats to his ex-girlfriend was yesterday ordered to attend anger management counselling.

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‘Pay back missing cash or spend three more years in jail’

AN ex-convict who pocketed nearly $2,000 from two women without completing the transactions they paid him for was yesterday ordered to reimburse them to avoid spending another three years behind bars.

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Man jailed for stealing from boss

AN Eleuthera man who admitted walking into a woman’s unlocked house and stealing $4,000 worth of her personal belongings was yesterday sentenced to six months in prison.

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Grand Bahama man accused over drugs

A GRAND Bahama man was charged with possession of dangerous drugs this week in Freeport.

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MAN WHO GAVE FALSE NAME IS FINED

A MAN who gave police officers a false name when he was stopped for a traffic violation was yesterday fined $150.

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Haitian quartet had expired visas

FOUR Haitian men who claimed the devastation wrought on Abaco by Hurricane Dorian caused them to remain in the country after their visas had expired were yesterday fined $300.

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Man accused of sex with 16-year-old boy

A 59-year-old man who was accused of having sex with a teenage boy was yesterday denied bail ahead of his trial.

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Man bailed in fraud trial

A MAN who denied defrauding a local business of $2,000 was yesterday granted bail before his trial.

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$1,000 FINE FOR SELLING MARIJUANA

A 24-year-old man who told police he was selling marijuana to make a “couple of dollars” was yesterday fined $1,000.

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Pair accused of crown land fraud bailed

TWO people, accused of pocketing thousands of dollars from the fraudulent sale of a plot of Crown Land, were yesterday granted $10,000 bail before their trial.

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Nygard denied bail

A JUDGE in Winnipeg, Manitoba denied Canadian fashion designer Peter Nygard bail Friday on a US extradition request over charges of sex trafficking and racketeering.

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Haitian woman fined $300 for illegal landing

A HAITIAN woman who admitted travelling to the Bahamas on a wooden sloop was fined $300 on Friday.

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Teen denies assaulting police officer

A TEENAGER who denied assaulting a police officer with an unlicensed firearm was on Friday granted bail before his trial.

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Man ordered to keep the peace after threats

A MAN who threatened to kill his cousin during a verbal argument late last month was bound over to keep the peace for six months.

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Nygard attorneys to take appeal bid to Privy Council

ATTORNEYS for Peter Nygard are seeking conditional leave to appeal to the Privy Council over the Court of Appeal’s rejection of his appeal of a contempt conviction.

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Teenager on sex charge

A TEENAGER who is accused of having sex with a minor was yesterday remanded in custody.

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Two Haitian men fined

TWO Haitian men who were found living on two different islands without the required legal documents were each fined $300 yesterday.

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FINED FOR CURFEW BREACH

A MAN who claimed he violated the nightly curfew because he went to drop off his children at home was fined $600 yesterday.

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Revenge porn post ends in jail

A 21-year-old man who sent naked pictures of his children’s mother to her co-workers was yesterday sentenced to nine months in prison.

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Man denies housebreaking charge

A 32-year-old man who denied breaking into a woman’s house to steal an assortment of electronics was yesterday granted bail ahead of his trial.

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Jamaicans ‘bought visas’ from officer

THREE Jamaican women, caught residing in the country on fraudulent extension visas they claim they bought from an immigration officer, were each fined $3,000 yesterday.

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Car importer fined

A CAR importer who tried to sell fraudulent dock receipts he made in the name of a local shipping company was yesterday fined $5,000.

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Teen accused of murder

A TEENAGER was charged in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday with attempted murder.

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Man falsely accused uncle of assault

A MAN who went to a police station and falsely accused his uncle of assaulting him with a gun in an attempt to get him arrested was yesterday fined $500.

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Nygard delivered new court blow

THE Court of Appeal yesterday refused Peter Nygard’s application for leave to appeal a contempt conviction for breaching an injunction that banned him from publishing stolen emails from environmental group Save The Bays.

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A year in prison for carrying handgun

A 27-year-old man who was caught carrying a handgun he claimed he found in a field in which he was working was yesterday sentenced to one year in prison.

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Bail granted in theft case

A MAN who denied breaking into a woman’s car to steal over $1,000 worth of appliances was yesterday granted bail ahead of his trial.

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Man jailed for ammunition he claimed that he found

A 21-year-old man who was found with illegal ammunition that he claimed he had found was yesterday sentenced to six months in prison.

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HAITIAN MEN ARE FINED

THREE Haitian men who could not verify their status when approached by immigration officers earlier this week were fined $300 in court yesterday.

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ARREST WARRANTS ISSUED

ARREST warrants were issued yesterday for several people who failed to appear in court after they were charged with breaching regulations outlined in the Emergency Powers Order.

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Bailed over deadly crash at Christmas

A man who was accused of causing a three-car collision that claimed the lives of a married couple on Christmas night was yesterday granted bail ahead of his trial.

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$180,000 NIB fraud conviction is upheld

A former accounting firm employee yesterday failed to overturn her conviction for defrauding the National Insurance Board (NIB) of $180,000 that was earmarked for the government’s housing initiative.

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Man denies $10,000 bank fraud

AN ACKLINS man who denied defrauding a local bank of nearly $10,000 was yesterday granted bail ahead of his trial.

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Ganja gummies land woman in court

A SOCIAL media influencer who was caught trying to travel to Miami with marijuana-infused gummy bears was yesterday fined $300.

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Man discharged after family row

A MAGISTRATE yesterday discharged an Andros man who threatened to harm his uncle during an argument over land late last year.

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A year in jail for breaching bail

A 22-year-old man who claimed he violated his bail conditions because he was kicked out of the home he was staying in was yesterday sentenced to one year in prison.

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Birthday joint costs man $300 in court

A MAN who was caught with marijuana joints he claimed he bought to celebrate his birthday was fined $300 in the Magistrate’s Court.

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Man is accused of killing teenage girl

A 24-year-old man was yesterday charged with murder in connection with the death of a teenage girl whose lifeless body was discovered with severe blunt force injuries last week.

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Man denies assaulting police officer

A 43-year-old man who denied assaulting a police officer was yesterday granted $2,000 bail ahead of his trial.

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Woman denies using car as weapon

A 31-year-old woman has been accused of trying to hit a man with her car earlier this month.

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$20k fine for $22k marijuana

A 42-year-old woman who was found with $22,000 worth of marijuana was yesterday fined $20,000.

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Eight men plead guilty to illegal landing

EIGHT Haitian men who were caught residing in the country without the required legal documents were each fined $300 on Friday.

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Man fined for fake driver's licence

A MAN who presented a fake driver’s licence to Road Traffic Department officials was fined $300 on Friday.

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27-year-old charged with robbing man of cash, gold teeth

A 27-year-old man was charged on Friday with robbing a man of cash and gold teeth.

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Man must pay compensation for hitting brother with fan

A MAN who hit his brother with an iron fan during an argument was ordered to compensate his sibling for the injuries he caused.

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Man claimed he was keeping marijuana for friend

A 46-year-old man who was found with more than $5,000 worth of marijuana, which he claimed he was keeping for a friend, was yesterday fined $7,800.

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Nygard battles for prison release

A LAWYER for the Attorney General of Canada said yesterday former fashion mogul Peter Nygard can’t be trusted not to flee the country if he’s released on bail, and slammed a release plan put forward by defence lawyers as “utterly brazen and cynical.”

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Teenager who struck cyclist with car is given $1,000 fine

A TEENAGER who struck down a cyclist with whom he had a dispute was yesterday fined $1,000 for the reckless act and ordered to compensate the victim.

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Tourists are detained at airport with marijuana in their luggage

TWO tourists who tried to go through the American customs station at Lynden Pindling International Airport with marijuana in their luggage were fined in magistrate’s court yesterday.

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Man guilty of hitting victim with cutlass

A 21-year-old man who was accused of hitting another man in the head with a cutlass during an argument last year was yesterday fined $500.

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Ex-BPL worker loses $6k over ‘lewd’ dismissal

An ex-Bahamas Power & Light (BPL) employee has been stripped of the $6,068 she was awarded after being terminated for “lewd sexual activity” while working in the utility’s cashier cage.

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Man threatened to spank his niece with cutlass

A MAN who threatened to “spank” his niece with a cutlass during an argument was yesterday fined $500.

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Jailed for indecent assault on girl

A 54-year-old man who indecently assaulted a nine-year-old girl was yesterday sentenced to two years in prison.

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Don’t ‘besiege’ courts with trade union election fights

A Supreme Court judge has urged Parliament to modernise The Bahamas’ industrial relations laws to prevent the judicial system from becoming “besieged” by trade union election battles.

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18-year-old gets 18 months in prison

A TEENAGER who broke into a man’s house was yesterday sentenced to 18 months in prison.

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Tourists failed to declare $80,000 in casino winnings

TWO tourists who failed to declare nearly $80,000 worth of casino winnings to American airport border officials were yesterday fined $1,500.

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$7,000 fine over marijuana

A SPANISH Wells man who last week imported a quantity of marijuana and cannabis oil into the country was yesterday fined $7,000.

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24-year-old charged with attempted murder

A 24-year-old man was charged with attempted murder in the Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

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Man placed on probation after drugs found

A 25-year-old man who was found with over two ounces of marijuana was on Friday placed on probation for two years.

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Store manager accused of defrauding employer

A STORE manager accused of defrauding her employer of more than $1,000 was granted bail on Friday before her trial.

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Contractor accused of stealing more than $40,000

A CONTRACTOR who denied stealing more than $40,000 from one of his clients was on Friday granted bail before his trial.

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Man charged with murders of two Long Island women

A MAN accused of killing two Long Island women whose bodies were discovered in shallow graves on the island last year was arraigned in the Supreme Court on Friday.

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Govt appeal bid rejected in $27m case

THE Court of Appeal has rejected the government’s effort to appeal orders involving a Jamaican seeking $27m in damages for false imprisonment before the Supreme Court judge hearing the matter issues her final ruling.

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Laptop thief is jailed

A TEENAGER who stole a man’s laptop and then sold it to another man was sentenced to two months in prison.

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Activist Bain accused of breaking glasses

ACTIVIST Lincoln Bain was yesterday granted $500 bail after he denied breaking a man’s glasses last year.

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Man accused over unlicenced gun

A HARBOUR Island man who denied having an unlicenced firearm and a quantity of illegal ammunition was yesterday granted bail ahead of his trial.

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Drugs counselling ordered

A 23-year-old man who attempted to flush 10 grams of marijuana down the toilet when officers raided his home was ordered to attend drug counselling classes for a year.

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Abduction suspect is given bail

A 24-year-old Freeport man accused of attempting to abduct two school girls last week in Grand Bahama was arraigned yesterday.

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Whacker thief gets community service

A TEENAGER who stole a weed whacker from a man was yesterday ordered to complete 50 hours of community service.

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Midnight prowler looking for money is given $750 fine

A 37-year-old who claimed he knocked on a woman’s house door and windows after midnight because he wanted money that she owed him was yesterday fined $750.

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Slapped for refusing to share a joint

A TEENAGER who slapped a family friend in the face when she refused to share her joint with him was put on probation yesterday for three months.

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Man punched victim who said he was gay

A MARRIED father-of-three who beat up another man who told people he was a homosexual was put on six months probation yesterday.

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PROBATION FOR ATTACK ON EX-GIRLFRIEND

A 26-YEAR-OLD man who assaulted his ex-girl-friend and damaged her family’s property after losing his temper in a jeal-ous rage was yesterday put on probation for a year.

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Rastafarian to appeal over marijuana charge

A RASTAFARIAN man is set to appeal a drug charge he received after police found him with $150 worth of marijuana over the Christmas holiday.

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Acquitted after false report

A MAGISTRATE yesterday acquitted a man who was accused of assaulting a woman last month after it was revealed she gave false information to police.

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More than 70 Haitian migrants repatriated

MORE than 70 Haitian migrants were repatriated on Monday.

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Probation order for cutlass attack

A 29-year-old man who swung a cutlass at another man during an argument was put on probation yesterday for one year.

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$8,000 the price of marijuana brownies

A COOK, caught with marijuana brownies that the prosecution said he intended to sell, was fined $8,000 yesterday.

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Man accused of killing mother of seven

A 27-year-old man was yesterday charged with the death of a single mother-of-seven who was killed during an alleged domestic dispute in Abaco on Boxing Day.

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Environmentalists granted leave for oil drilling judicial review

A JUDGE has granted environmentalists leave to conduct a judicial review concerning Bahamas Petroleum Company's exploratory drilling on Tuesday morning.

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Probation for punching girlfriend in mouth

A MAN who punched his girlfriend after he thought he saw her flirting with a lesbian in a local bar was yesterday placed on probation for a year.

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Jailed for four years over unlicenced gun

A 23-year-old man, found with an unlicenced gun and over 50 rounds of illegal ammunition, was sentenced to four years in prison yesterday.

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In court over $5 of hemp

AN ABACO man who was found with a marijuana joint during the Christmas holidays has been placed on probation for three months.

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'Blind' attorney fails to overturn sanctions

A Bahamian attorney has failed in his bid to overturn Supreme Court-imposed sanctions relating to his management of a $30m estate despite arguing he is "legally blind".

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Man jailed for unlicensed firearm

A 32-year-old man who was found with an unlicensed firearm was sentenced to 15 months behind bars on Thursday.

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Bail granted for man accused of fraud

A 41-year-old man who denied defrauding two other men of thousands of dollars was on Thursday granted bail ahead of his trial.

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Court to consider oil submissions today

LAWYERS representing environmental activists, the government and Bahamas Petroleum Company tussled over applications seeking judicial review of BPC’s exploratory oil drilling during a Supreme Court hearing yesterday.

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Stash kept in man’s socks

A MAN who stashed marijuana in his socks was yesterday ordered to attend drug counseling classes for a year.

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Teenager denied bail for robbery

A TEENAGER has been sent to prison for allegedly robbing a food store earlier this week.

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Probation for attack on security guard

A 54-year-old man who broke a door while assaulting a security officer at Domino’s Pizza was put on probation yesterday for six months. The incident occurred after the man became upset that the pizza chain did not have the toppings he wanted and security tried to escort him out.

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Man jailed over gun

A 21-year-old man who was found with an unlicensed gun that he claimed he planned to sell was yesterday sentenced to 13 months in prison.

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45 Haitians charged in court

FORTY-FIVE Haitian nationals apprehended during a recent interdiction operation on Long Island were charged with illegal landing in the Magistrate’s Court this week.

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Oil court hearing adjourned until today

A SUPREME Court hearing on an application for judicial review of Bahamas Petroleum Company’s exploratory oil drilling was adjourned yesterday after lawyer Fred Smith highlighted the lingering effects he experiences following a paragliding accident in Italy last year.

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Two charged with armed raid

TWO men were charged with armed robbery in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

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‘I sold drugs to support family’

A 37-year-old man who claimed he sold drugs to support his family was yesterday sentenced to six months in prison.

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Man who slapped coworker ordered to keep the peace for a year

An ABACO man who slapped his coworker during an argument on the job was yesterday ordered to keep the peace for one year.

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Man and two teenagers deny possession of firearm, ammunition

A MAN and two teenagers who denied being in possession of an unlicensed firearm and illegal ammunition were yesterday granted bail ahead of their trial.

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$700 fine for marijuana possession

A 62-year-old man who was found with several packages filled with marijuana was fined $700 in the Magistrate’s Court.

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Bail denied for man who had double murder conviction overturned

A MAN whose double murder conviction was overturned by the Court of Appeal earlier this year was denied bail until the panel determines whether they will order a retrial for his case.

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teen robbery suspect remanded

A TEENAGER was remanded to prison over allegations that he robbed a woman last week.

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Fraud accused granted bail

A 31-year-old man, accused of defrauding three people of nearly $40,000, was yesterday granted bail before his trial.

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Man who beat his girlfriend told to compensate her $350

A 29-year-old man who was accused of assaulting his former girlfriend was ordered to pay her $350 as compensation.

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Man denies using fake cheques to defraud businesses

A 32-year-old man who denied using fraudulent insurance cheques to defraud three businesses will appear before a magistrate next year to determine whether he will be granted bail before his trial.

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Deal signed to digitise all court documents

THE government signed a contract valued under $480,000 with the firm ZCOM yesterday to implement a digitisation and migration system for all paper-based court documents within the judiciary.

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Man denies throwing rock at woman

A 20-year-old man who denied assaulting a woman with a rock last month was granted $1,500 bail ahead of his trial.

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Jailed for 18 months over gun used for ‘protection’

A 25-year-old man who was found with an illegal firearm that he claimed he had for “protection” was yesterday sentenced to 18 months in prison.

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$1,500 fine for attempt to use fake bank card

A MAN who last year attempted to purchase an iPhone with a fake bank card was fined $1,500 yesterday.

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Robbery accused denied bail

A MAN and a teenager were remanded to prison over allegations that they robbed three people last week.

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Four charged with drug possession in Freeport

Four men were charged with drug possession in the Freeport Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

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Swearing costs woman

A 26-year-old woman who used obscene language and resisted arrest was yesterday ordered to complete 40 hours of community service.

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Teenage fight ends in court hearing

A TEENAGER who denied hurting another youngster in a fight last week was yesterday granted $3,500 bail ahead of his trial.

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$1,00 fine over marijuana

A MAN found with a quantity of marijuana earlier this week was fined $1,000 yesterday.

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Community service order over death threat

A MAN who threatened to kill the mother of his child during an argument was yesterday ordered to complete 40 hours of community service.

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‘Pay back ex-girlfriend for smashed windows’

A 25-year-old man who broke the windows of his ex-girlfriend’s car during an altercation was yesterday ordered to compensate her for her damaged property.

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Marijuana teenager told to take drug counselling

A TEENAGER who was found with marijuana was conditionally discharged yesterday on the agreement he would attend drug counselling classes.

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Man accused of sex with 14-year-old girl

A 37-YEAR-OLD man who was accused of having sex with a teenage girl over the course of three months was yesterday denied bail ahead of his trial.

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Housebreaking suspect is denied bail

A 30-YEAR-OLD man was yesterday remanded to prison over allegations he broke into a woman’s house last week.

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Man ‘attacked woman with cutlass’

AN ELEUTHERA man who was accused of assaulting a woman with a cutlass was yesterday granted bail ahead of his trial.

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RBC Homeowners Act bungle thwarts loan recovery bid

Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) bungled its bid to initiate legal proceedings to realise its mortgage security on a couple's home by failing to comply with the Homeowners Protection Act.

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$300 fine for threat to kill girlfriend

A MAN who threatened to kill his girlfriend during an argument was yesterday fined $300 in the Magistrate’s Court.

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Man discharged who ‘thought boat he took was abandoned’

A MAGISTRATE yesterday discharged a fisherman who was accused of stealing a boat after he explained that he thought the vessel had been abandoned.

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Three year sentence for housebreaking

A 24-year-old man who broke into a woman’s house was sentenced to three years in prison on Friday.

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Man fined for marijuana possession

AN ELEUTHERA man who was found with over $100 worth of marijuana was fined $750 in the Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

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Magistrate discharges man arrested for selling coconuts

A MAGISTRATE on Friday discharged a man who was arrested for selling coconuts on the side of the road.

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Man accused of killing his grandmother

A 29-year-old man accused of killing his grandmother and attempting to kill his mother last week was charged with murder and attempted murder in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

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Year’s probation over marijuana

A 24-YEAR-OLD man who was found with a quantity of marijuana was placed on probation for one year.

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Killer to get new sentence

A MAN who was convicted of killing another man in 1998 had the appeal against his life sentence granted and the matter was sent to the Supreme Court for resentencing.

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$250 fine for fake licence plate

A MAN who was caught driving around with a fraudulent license plate was fined $250 in court yesterday.

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$600 fine for attack on woman

A 30-year-old man who last week punched and choked his friend’s mother was yesterday fined $600.

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Killer has life sentence quashed

A MAN who was convicted of killing another man when he was a teenager has had his life sentence quashed and the matter sent back to the Supreme Court for resentencing.

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Hundreds of plea deals since January 2016

THE Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions has facilitated 274 guilty plea bargains since January 2016 as part of an unprecedented push to alleviate the burden on the judicial system through these arrangements.

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Activists 'misled' by minister on oil drill

Environmental activists yesterday alleged the delayed legal challenge to oil exploration in Bahamian waters resulted after they were lulled into a false sense of security by a Cabinet minister.

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Probation sentence for growing marijuana

A 30-year-old man was placed on probation after he was caught cultivating a marijuana plant last month.

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Man jailed for threat to his ex-girlfriend

A 35-year-old man who threatened to “blow off” his ex-girlfriend’s head during an argument was sentenced to a month in prison.

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Eight months in jail for slashing man’s neck

A 46-year-old man who slashed another man’s neck with a box cutter when he refused to give him money was yesterday sentenced to eight months in prison.

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Probation for phone theft

A 22-year-old man who bought a stolen phone chip was placed on probation for one year.

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Haitian trio given fines

THREE Haitians who could not verify their status when approached by immigration officers last month were each fined $300 in court yesterday.

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15-year robbery jail sentence overturned

THE Court of Appeal recently quashed the 15-year armed robbery sentence of a man who was accused of breaking into a home and robbing its occupants in 2018.

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Man ordered to pay for stolen tools

A MAN who stole building tools from another man earlier this year was ordered to compensate him for his stolen goods.

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Man pleads guilty to threatening fiancée’s ex-boyfriend

A 30-year-old man who threatened to shoot his fiancée’s ex-boyfriend during an argument was bound over to keep the peace for six months.

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Bail denied for Jamaican man accused of importing cocaine

A JAMAICAN man who was accused of importing five kilos of cocaine into the country was on Friday denied bail ahead of his trial.

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Drug smuggling suspects are denied bail

ALLEGED drug smugglers Nathaniel Knowles, Ian Bethel and Eddison Watson will remain in custody until their scheduled hearing before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council next year, after a Supreme Court judge denied their applications for bail.

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Haitian woman fined for overstay

A HAITIAN woman who overstayed her time in The Bahamas and gave immigration officers a fake name when she was questioned was fined $1,500 yesterday.

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Bound to keep peace after breaking window

A 23-year-old man who broke a window at the mother of his child’s home during an argument was bound to keep the peace for one year.

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20-year-old fined for marijuana

A 20-year-old man who was found with more than two ounces of marijuana was fined $300 in court yesterday.

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Haitian man fined $1,000 over expired work permit

A MAGISTRATE handed down a $1,000 fine to a Haitian man yesterday who was residing in the country on an expired work permit.

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Dominican trio fined $1,000 each

THREE Dominican men who attempted to enter the country with fraudulent visas have each been fined $1,000.

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Thief says unemployment during pandemic drove him to steal from house

A 38-year-old man was sentenced to eight months in prison after claiming that being unemployed during the pandemic drove him to break into another man’s house and steal.

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‘Pay back the stolen money’

A MAN who cashed several cheques that he illegally obtained from his former employer was yesterday ordered to pay back the stolen money.

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Man guilty of $350 fraud

A 28-year-old man who defrauded his former employer of $350 was yesterday ordered to pay back the money he stole.

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56-year-old in indecent assault case

A 56-year-old man who denied indecently assaulting a woman was yesterday granted bail ahead of his trial.

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Teenager accused over pistol

A TEENAGER was remanded to prison over allegations he was found with an unlicenced firearm and quantity of illegal ammunition last week.

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Jamaican women caught with $10k drugs

TWO Jamaican women who were caught with nearly $10,000 worth of marijuana were each fined $4,000 yesterday.

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‘Pay drugs fine or risk jail’

A 33-year-old man was ordered to pay $1,500 or risk spending six months in prison yesterday after he was found last week with marijuana.

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Man accused of unlawful sex with girl

A BAHAMIAN man was arraigned in a Magistrate’s Court yesterday charged with procuring a minor for the purpose of unlawful sexual intercourse.

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Suspect denied bail over maiming charge

A 24-year-old man was remanded to prison yesterday charged with maiming another man last week.

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Bound to keep peace after girlfriend attack

A 32-year-old man who assaulted his girlfriend during a domestic dispute earlier this week was bound over to keep the peace for one year.

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Man accused of gunpoint robbery

A 38-year-old man was remanded to prison yesterday accused of robbing a man at gunpoint of $9,000 last week.

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Suspect accused of beating victim with a metal pipe

A 35-year-old man, accused of assaulting a man with a metal pipe last week, was charged in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

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Suspect accused of beating victim with a metal pipe

A 35-year-old man, accused of assaulting a man with a metal pipe last week, was charged in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

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Man who said he broke into store for food jailed for three years

AN Eleuthera man was sentenced to three years in prison yesterday after he pleaded guilty to breaking into a woman’s store last week, claiming it was because he needed food.

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Man accused of knife assault remanded to prison

A 47-year-old man accused of assaulting a woman with a knife was remanded to prison on Friday.

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Woman ordered to reimburse store she stole from

A 41-year-old woman who stole over $200 worth of food items from Super Value last week was ordered to reimburse the store or risk spending two months at the Bahamas Department of Corrections.

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$200 fine for violating curfew

A 59-year-old man who pleaded guilty to violating curfew in New Providence was ordered to pay a $200 fine or spend one week in prison on Friday.

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Two plead guilty to disturbing public peace

Two men who were involved in a physical altercation were charged with disturbing the public peace in the Freeport Magistrate Court this week.

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Haitian man who entered country twice sent to prison

A HAITIAN man who illegally entered the country on two separate occasions was yesterday fined $3,000 and sentenced to six months in prison.

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Throwing rocks ends up costing man $150

A 31-year-old man who threw rocks at another man during an argument earlier this week has been ordered to pay him $150 compensation.

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Jailed for breaking into his parent’s home

A 29-year-old man who broke into his parent’s home and stole an assortment of items was yesterday sentenced to three months in prison.

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Threatening neighbour sees man warned

A 35-year-old man who threatened to harm his neighbour last week was yesterday discharged with a warning.

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Suspect denies claims of attacking sisters

A MAN was remanded to prison yesterday over allegations he assaulted two sisters.

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Man accused of assaulting police officers

A FREEPORT man accused of assaulting two police officers was arraigned in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

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Teen accused of causing harm

A TEENAGER, accused of harming two people last week, was yesterday denied bail ahead of his trial.

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Two bailed over fraud allegations

TWO men, who denied last week defrauding a local cell phone store, were yesterday granted bail ahead of their trial.

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Man must pay for door damage

AN Andros man, who trespassed on another man’s premises and damaged his door, was yesterday ordered to pay compensation for the damage he had caused.

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Cellphone thief must pay victim

A MAN who stole a woman’s cellphone has been ordered to reimburse her for her missing device.

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No bail for man accused in bar fight

An ANDROS man, accused of harming two men at a bar on the island last month, has been denied bail ahead of his trial.

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$150 fine for punching girlfriend in face

A 29-year-old man who punched his girlfriend in her face after she refused to unlock her phone was yesterday ordered to pay her $150 compensation.

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Fined $2k over drug possession

A 29-year-old man who was found with more than five ounces of drugs was fined $2,150 in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

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Discharge over police assault

AN Andros man who threatened and assaulted a police officer last week was conditionally discharged on the agreement he would be of good behaviour for six months.

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Man accused of stealing iPhone

A 27-year-old was remanded to prison yesterday accused of stealing a woman’s iPhone and robbing another woman of more than $200 in cash.

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Man pleads guilty to attempted stealing

A man who attempted to steal a part from a woman’s car was bound over to keep the peace for one year on Friday.

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Two in court for acting disorderly at police station

TWO men who acted disorderly at a police station while under the influence of alcohol were ordered to keep the peace for one year on Friday.

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Man ordered to attend drug counselling

A 21-year-old man who was found with a quantity of marijuana in his car earlier this week was on Friday ordered to attend drug counselling classes.

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Punch-up at work costs man $350 fine

A 23-year-old man, who assaulted another man at his place of employment last week, was ordered to pay $350 compensation to the victim.

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Community service order for beating man at gas station

A 26-year-old man who assaulted another man at a local gas station was yesterday ordered to perform 80 hours of community service.

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‘Pawns’ to pay back bank

TWO men who claimed they were unknowingly used as pawns to carry out a fraud scheme were each fined $1,000 and ordered to reimburse the bank that they had defrauded.

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‘Pawns’ to pay back bank

TWO men who claimed they were unknowingly used as pawns to carry out a fraud scheme were each fined $1,000 and ordered to reimburse the bank that they had defrauded.

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Renew CEO’s conviction quashed

THE Court of Appeal has quashed the criminal conviction of former Renew Bahamas CEO Michael Cox who had been found guilty last year of working at a local scrapyard without a valid work permit.

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Man threw rock through ex-girlfriend’s window

A MAN who threw a rock through his ex-girlfriend’s window was yesterday fined $500 and ordered to pay her $350 in compensation.

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Going to borrow money costs man a $250 fine

A MAN who claimed he violated curfew because he went to a family member to borrow some money was fined $250 yesterday.

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Thief took tools from inside truck

A 56-YEAR-OLD man who broke into another man’s truck to steal an assortment of tools was fined $1,500 yesterday.

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Taxi driver on probation for death threat

A TAXI driver who threatened to kill a security officer was placed on probation for two years yesterday.

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Woman guilty of stealing water tank from park

A 35-year-old woman accused of stealing a water tank from a community park was yesterday placed on probation for two years.

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Father beat his daughter with a power cord

A FATHER who used an electrical cord to beat his daughter after he allegedly caught her sending inappropriate messages to older men on social media was yesterday ordered to pay the girl $500. He was also put on two years’ probation.

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Man denied bail over gun find

A 34-year-old man was remanded to prison yesterday on charges that he was found last week with an unlicensed firearm and a quantity of illegal ammunition.

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Teens who fled police fined $500

TWO teenagers who attempted to evade arrest when they were caught on the road after curfew hours were each fined $500 yesterday.

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On bail over joint

A 35-year-old man, found by police with a marijuana joint yesterday, was put on probation for one year.

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Jitney driver is fined for threat

A BUS driver who threatened to kill another jitney driver during an argument last month was fined $1,000 yesterday.

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Court of Appeal upholds 18-year manslaughter sentence

THE Court of Appeal recently upheld the 18-year manslaughter sentence of a woman who fatally stabbed her boyfriend in 2016.

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Man gets nine months for breaking into bar and stealing

A 38-year-old man who broke into a bar and stole an assortment of items was sentenced to nine months in prison on Friday.

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Two month sentence for assault and threatening to kill

A 41-year-old man who punched one man in the face and threatened to kill another man in two separate incidents was sentenced to two months in prison on Friday.

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Man fined for breaking church window, windshield of pastor's car

A 27-year-old man who broke a church window and the windshield of a pastor’s car during a traffic dispute was fined $800 and ordered to pay for the property he damaged.

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Accused denies assaulting man

A 22-year-old man yesterday denied allegations of assaulting a man last month with a dangerous instrument.

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Two accused of hitting man after car crash

TWO men and a woman were charged in Magistrates Court yesterday with causing harm to a man after they were involved in a dispute stemming from a traffic accident earlier this week.

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Man found driving with goods taken from warehouse

A 27-year-old man who was caught driving during the weekend lockdown with an assortment of building supplies he could not give an account for was fined $800 yesterday.

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Pair accused of harming child

A MAN and a woman were remanded to prison charged with causing grievous harm to the woman’s young child earlier this year.

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$2,000 compensation order for throwing bucket at girlfriend

A MAN who threw a plate of food and a bucket at his girlfriend on two separate occasions was yesterday ordered to pay her $2,000 compensation and attend anger management classes.

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‘Die’ Stubbs can fight sentence

THE Privy Council recently advised the Court of Appeal to give Stephen “Die” Stubbs permission to appeal the 45-year sentence imposed on him for the murder of a police officer and the attempted murder of another man over two decades ago.

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Man fined $750 for causing harm

A MAN who injured another man in the face during an argument was fined $750 and ordered to compensate the victim for his injuries.

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Man and woman deny disorderly behaviour and obstructing justice

A MAN and woman who denied disorderly behaviour and obstructing justice were yesterday granted $2,000 bail before their trial.

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Six months probation for man who wielded cutlass at neighbour

A 43-YEAR-OLD man who wielded a cutlass at his neighbour during an argument last weekend has been put on six months probation.

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THREE ACCUSED OF ROBBERY

TWO men and a teenager were charged with armed robbery when they appeared in Magistrates Court yesterday.

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DETAINEE WHO ESCAPED SENT TO PRISON

A HAITIAN man who last week escaped from the Detention Centre was yesterday sentenced to six months in prison.

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Man pleads guilty to breaking woman's office door

A 46-year-old man who claimed he broke a woman’s office door for attention was on Friday sentenced to four months in prison.

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Man punched his children's mother after naked video call

A man who punched his children’s mother after he caught her naked on a video call with another person was placed on three months’ probation on Friday.

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Man who gave police fake name fined $100

A 24-year-old man who gave a police officer a fake name while he was searched several days ago was fined $100 on Friday.

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Father attacked daughter with kettle over revealing photos

A 67-year-old man who assaulted his daughter with a tea kettle after she posted revealing photos of herself online was yesterday fined $1,000 and ordered to attend anger management classes.

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Man guilty of assaulting police officer

A 20-year-old man who assaulted a police officer and resisted lawful arrest was fined $175.

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$500 fine for Eleuthera drugs sellers

TWO Eleuthera men who were caught last week selling drugs in Governor’s Harbour were each fined $500.

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Drunk man smashed brother’s window

A MAN who broke one of the windows of his brother’s house while he was intoxicated was placed on three months probation.

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Probation for harassing woman over six months

A MAN who harassed a woman by bombarding her with messages on social media was placed on six months’ probation yesterday.

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Robbery suspect denied bail

A 27-year-old man was yesterday charged in connection with an attempted armed robbery that left a store employee wounded in August.

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Man fined $1,200 for joints

A 24-year-old man found with three pounds of marijuana was fined $1,200 yesterday.

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$250 fine over a bowl of souse

A SAN SALVADOR woman who claimed she violated the weekend lockdown because she left her home to take her friend a bowl of souse was fined $250 yesterday.

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Woman accused of stealing food

A 37-year-old woman was remanded to prison charged with stealing an assortment of food items from a local restaurant on Paradise Island last week.

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$75 fine for resisting arrest

A 45-year-old man was fined $75 for resisting arrest when an officer responded to a domestic complaint.

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Man who dragged ex-girlfriend onto road during row fined $500

A 30-year-old man, accused of dragging his former girlfriend on the road during an argument earlier this month, was yesterday fined $500.

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Probation for punching father unconscious

A 20-year-old, who punched his father unconscious last month during a domestic dispute, was put on probation for six months.

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$2,000 fine for four ounces of marijuana

A man found with over four ounces of marijuana was yesterday fined $2,000.

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Man fined and told to pay damages for smashing woman’s windshield

A MAN who threw a rock at a woman and damaged her car’s windshield was fined $200 and ordered to pay for the damage he had caused.

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Six months jail for joint of marijuana

A 33-year-old man who claimed he smoked marijuana to help him breathe better was yesterday sentenced to six months in prison.

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Man denies lying to police officer

A MAN who denied lying to a police officer was granted $1,000 bail ahead of his trial.

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Bail granted in road death case

A 25-year-old man who was accused of killing another man last month by driving recklessly was granted $10,000 bail ahead of his trial.

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Residents sue over insurance after destruction of Dorian

GRAND Bahama homeowners whose residential properties were destroyed a year ago during Hurricane Dorian are taking legal action in the Supreme Court against a major bank and insurance companies for allegedly failing to pay premiums on their insurance policies.

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Brothers sent to jail for theft

TWO brothers who broke into a man’s house and stole $100 worth of electronics were yesterday sentenced to three months in prison.

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Recently released from jail - and back in court for not wearing a face mask

A MAGISTRATE yesterday discharged a young man who was summoned to court for leaving his home without a face mask.

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Robbery retrial ordered over counsel’s withdrawal

THE Court of Appeal yesterday ordered a retrial for a man who was convicted of robbery, after he argued the trial judge did not give him adequate time to prepare his defence after his counsel withdrew from his case.

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Anger classes ordered for man who smashed windows

A MAN was ordered to attend anger management classes after he damaged his ex-girlfriend’s father’s vehicle and house windows.

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Bail denied in assault case

A 23-year-old man who was accused of assaulting his uncle during a domestic dispute earlier this year was denied bail ahead of his trial yesterday.

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Fraudster is told to pay back stolen money

A 21-year-old woman who defrauded Commonwealth Bank of over $3,000 was placed on two years’ probation and ordered to pay back the stolen money.

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Former fugitive faces murder charge

A FORMER fugitive alleged to have committed murder was arraigned in the Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

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Fine for man found with marijuana

A 23-year-old man who was found with over a pound of marijuana was fined $1,300 on Friday.

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Woman pleads guilty to fraud charges

A 26-year-old woman was charged with fraud in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

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Teenager fined for not wearing mask

A TEENAGER was fined $150 on Friday after police found him on a local beach without a face mask late last month.

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$45,000 fine for marijuana discovery

A 47-year-old man was fined $45,000 when he was found with 46 pounds of marijuana last week.

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Man must pay up for smashing window of woman who said no

A 27-year-old man who threw a rock into a woman’s window when she refused to have sex with him was yesterday ordered to compensate her for her damaged property.

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Held in custody for bail breach

A TEENAGER who violated the conditions of his bail was yesterday remanded into custody for one month.

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Man charged over marijuana

A 24-year-old man was charged with marijuana possession in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

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Man charged with attempted murder

A 27-year-old man was charged in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday with attempted murder.

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Group accused of failing to keep social distance are discharged

A MAGISTRATE yesterday discharged a group of men who were accused of violating the emergency orders by failing to practice social distancing.

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Man accused of threatening to kill his mother denied bail

AN Eleuthera man who was accused of threatening to kill his mother and harm two other people was yesterday denied bail ahead of his trial.

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Homeless man discharged after violating curfew

A magistrate yesterday discharged a man for violating the curfew after he explained that he was homeless.

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That’s the way the cookie crumbles as teen gets probation over marijuana

A TEENAGER who was found with marijuana cookies and batter was yesterday placed on a year’s probation and ordered to attend drug counselling classes.

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Man pleads not guilty to extortion

A 51-year-old man was charged with extortion by a public officer on Friday.

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$7,000 theft conviction is quashed

THE Court of Appeal recently quashed the conviction of a man who was accused of stealing over $7,000 from his employer.

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Haitian jailed for six months for hammer attack

A HAITIAN who attacked a man with a hammer during a dispute over a cell phone was sentenced to six months in prison yesterday.

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Anger management classes for threats to kill

A 25-year-old woman who threatened to kill another woman while under the influence of alcohol was ordered to attend anger management classes.

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Three months in jail for store break-in and theft

A SPANISH Wells man was sentenced to three months in prison for breaking into his father’s shop and for stealing an assortment of vodka from another business last week.

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Birthday party ends in court

A woman who denied behaving in a disorderly manner and using profanity while celebrating her birthday at home was granted bail before her trial.

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Man who hit girlfriend told to keep the peace

A MAN who assaulted his girlfriend during a domestic dispute last month was bound over to keep the peace for a year.

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Man accused of stealing pouch

A 30-year-old man was remanded to prison after he was accused of trying to steal a woman’s money pouch.

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Man fined $250 over marijuana joints

A man who claimed he found several marijuana joints while walking through a shortcut on his way home from work was fined $250.

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Fourth man on drugs charge

A FOURTH man was arraigned in connection with a $3m drug seizure in the Exuma cays last month.

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Woman lied over ‘shotgun attack’

A 21-year-old woman who filed a false police report accusing a man of assaulting her with a shotgun to steal her cellphone was fined $150.

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$1,500 fine for theft attempt

A 48-year-old man was fined $1,500 after officers caught him attempting to steal a water heater during curfew from a local restaurant last week.

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Row over keeping distance ends in fight

A 20-year-old woman who punched another woman after they got into an argument about social distancing while riding on a local bus was ordered to compensate the complainant for her injuries.

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Six months probation for unlawful possession charge

A 20-year-old man was charged with unlawful possession in the Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

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Man pleads guilty to marijuana possession

A MAN was fined $500 after he pleaded guilty to marijuana possession in the Magistrate's Court on Friday.

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Man accused of stealing cousin's phone

A 34-year-old man who was accused of stealing his cousin’s phone was ordered to compensate him for the device.

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Three face fraud charges

THREE women were charged separately with fraud in the Freeport Magistrate's Court on Friday.

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Rape suspect denied bail

A 34-year-old man was remanded to prison over allegations he raped a woman last week.

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Appeal court: Murder trial was unfair and sentence quashed

THE Court of Appeal recently quashed a man’s 35-year murder sentence after he appealed his conviction on the grounds his verdict was unsafe since he did not receive a fair trial.

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Extradition appeal rejected in case that dates back to 2002

THE Court of Appeal has denied a man’s request to appeal his extradition case to the Privy Council, after ruling his matter did not raise an arguable case or highlight a point of law of general public importance.

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Men admit guilt in breaking curfew

A 45-year-old man who said he violated curfew because he went to pick up his wife from her mother’s house was fined $200 yesterday.

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Shoplifter sentenced to six months jail for theft

A 55-year-old man was sentenced to six months in prison after he was caught attempting to steal an assortment of hygienic products from a local pharmacy last week.

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Suspects face new controls in Bail Act

THE Minnis administration is seeking to make changes to the Bail Act by introducing a bail management system that ensures accountability while eliminating loopholes that allow impropriety.

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Woman stole from children’s home

A 43-year-old woman was fined $500 after she admitted stealing from a children’s home where she worked last month to help pay her rent.

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Man who stabbed girlfriend told to take anger classes

A MAN who stabbed his girlfriend during a domestic dispute was ordered to attend anger management classes and pay for the medical attention she received for her injuries.

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Hitting man with Kalik bottle brings $1,500 fine

A MAN who admitted hitting another man on the head with a Kalik bottle during an argument last week was fined $1,500 in Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

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Senior pastor accused of preventing pastoral board from entering church

A DEFENCE attorney on Friday accused the senior pastor of Golden Gates Assembly of “throwing jeers” at members on the church’s pastoral board and preventing them from having access within the church, in what was described as an abuse of power.

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Man admits damaging neighbour’s tyre

A 26-year-old man who admitted damaging his neighbour’s tyre during an ongoing dispute was fined $100 and ordered to reimburse the man for his damaged property.

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Man accused of illegal gun possession

A FREEPORT man was charged with illegal gun and ammunition possession in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court this week.

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Teenager who stole car jailed for three months

A teenager who admitted stealing another man’s car last month was sentenced to three months in prison.

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Going for parts costs man $350 fine

A MAN who claimed he violated the curfew because he was trying to get a part to fix a Mac computer was fined $350.

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Man accused of raping child

A MAN was remanded to prison yesterday over allegations he raped a child over the span of four years.

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Teenager accused of selling coconut water faces trial

A juvenile street vendor who denied selling coconut water on the side of the road without a business licence was granted bail ahead of his trial yesterday.

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Govt must hand over papers on shanty town demolitions

SUPREME Court Justice Cheryl Grant-Thompson yesterday gave attorneys representing the government in a judicial review centred on shanty town demolition 21 days to hand over all documents relating to the plans to eradicate the communities.

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Man violated curfew ‘to pick up groceries from his brother’

A man who claimed he violated the curfew because he left his home to pick up a bag of groceries from his brother was fined $250 on Friday.

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Man fined after shop breaking and stealing

A 26-year-old man was placed on two years’ probation and ordered to pay a $3,500 fine after he pleaded guilty to shop breaking and stealing in the Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

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Pair found with stolen goods get nine months

Two men who were found with an assortment of stolen tools and electronics were sentenced to nine months in prison on Friday.

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Suspect accused of sex with girl, 14

A 20-year-old man was remanded to prison accused of having sex with a minor last week.

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Probation for man guilty of vagrancy

A MAN was placed on probation for one month after he pleaded guilty to vagrancy.

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Man denies stealing $70k from ATM

A 32-year-old man who denied breaking into a local food store and damaging an ATM to steal over $70,000 in cash was denied bail ahead of his trial.

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Judge: Get your papers to sell coconuts

A JUDGE discharged three men who were arrested for selling coconuts without a business licence, on the agreement they would apply for the documents they need to work legally by the start of November.

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Car thieves told to pay back owners for damage

TWO men who stole two cars in the span of a day were placed on two years’ probation and ordered to compensate the car owners for the damage rendered to their vehicles.

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Miller: Gov't, BOB 'acted in bad faith'

The Supreme Court has blasted the Government and Bank of The Bahamas for "acting in bad faith" and working together against an ex-Cabinet minister in breaching five multi-million lease agreements.

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Man fined $500 for going to pharmacy for grandmother

A MAN who claimed he violated the lockdown because he went to the pharmacy to get medication for his great grandmother was fined $500 yesterday.

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Woman who ran illegal hair supply store given $1,800 fine

A Jamaican woman who ran an illegal hair supply store which she advertised on social media was fined $1,800 yesterday.

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Man accused of stabbing

A man was charged with murder yesterday in connection with a fatal stabbing that occurred on Raymond Road last week.

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Ansbacher hit with $1.1m client payout

A major Bahamian bank has been ordered to pay more than $1.1m to a former client for negligence and breach of contract over the management of its multi-million dollar investment portfolio.

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$1,200 fine for marijuana possession

A man was fined $1,500 and placed on probation for two years yesterday for stealing a water tank from a community park last week.

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Man claims he violated curfew after helping strangers

A magistrate on Friday discharged a man who claimed he violated the curfew because he decided to help two strangers who flagged him down for a ride on his way back home from running an errand.

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Man dies after stabbing on Raymond Road

POLICE in New Providence are investigating the fatal stabbing of a man who died in hospital after an altercation at Raymond Road.

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Man jailed for throwing rock at storefront

A 30-year-old man was sentenced to five months in prison after he admitted throwing a rock at the storefront of a woman’s clothing store because he was stressed out.

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Man accused of having sex with minor

A 36-year-old man was remanded to prison on Friday accused of having sex with a minor last month.

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Two charged with marijuana possession agree to drug counselling

TWO men, charged with marijuana possession, were conditionally discharged after they agreed to attend drug counselling classes.

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Man accused over body wrapped in sheet

A 34-year-old man was charged with murder yesterday, days after a man’s body was found wrapped in sheet in the area of Bacardi Road. Charles St Luc also known as “Elmo” appeared before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt charged with the death of

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Church leader row now moves to Supreme Court

A SUPREME Court judge is set to decide whether the pastoral board of Golden Gates World Outreach Ministries has the right to protest the appointment of the organisation’s newly assigned leader.

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Judge slates govt over Sewell case

A SCATHING condemnation of the government has been delivered over its handling of its defence in the case involving an innocent Jamaican man unjustly held in detention for nearly ten years.

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Probation for breaking windshield

A 41-year-old man was placed on a year’s probation and ordered to compensate another man after he broke his windshield with a rock last week. Fred Ramsey appeared before Senior Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis after he was accused of causing $500 wort

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Curfew breaker who gave fake name to officers is fined $750

A MAN who last month gave police a fake name when he was arrested for being outdoors during curfew hours was fined $750 yesterday.Officers arrested Quincy Edgecombe after they found him near Windsor Lane around 3.05 am on August 20.The court was told

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$300 price for man to see his sweetheart

A 48-year-old man who told officers he was outside during curfew hours because he was heading home after visiting his sweetheart was fined $300 yesterday.

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Eight mile rock man denies series of offences

A Grand Bahama man was charged in the Freeport Magistrate Court in connection with offences including unlawfully discharging a firearm.Samiko Rigby, 32, of Hepburn Town, Eight Mile Rock, appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Debbye Ferguson.He was

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Fined for swimming on private property

A 51-year-old man was fined yesterday for swimming on private property last weekend.Dwayne Rolle appeared before Senior Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis charged with trespassing, after he was accused of swimming in waters within the borders of Harbours

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Deportation order for Haitian man

A SENIOR magistrate yesterday ordered a Haitian man to be deported after he pleaded guilty to entering the country illegally. Wilbert Forestan, 39, was charged with illegal landing after he was accused of entering the country without leave of an imm

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Crack cocaine addict told to attend drug counselling

A 34-year-old man was ordered to attend drug counselling after he pleaded guilty to crack cocaine possession in court yesterday. Police arrested Aristotle Smith after they seized $60 worth of crack cocaine from him on September 4. The court was tol

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Man who said he would kill his daughter told to take anger management classes

A MAN was ordered to attend anger management and parenting classes after he admitted to threatening to kill his daughter and punching her in the face. Dominic Taylor, 35, appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes, charged with one count

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16 warned after failing to socially distance on boat

A magistrate yesterday warned and then discharged 16 people who were arrested for failing to adhere to social distancing protocols while they were riding on a boat last week.Tyrell Gaitor, 27; Mechello Griffin, 30; Shakeal Holbert, 27; Ricardo Adderl

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18-year-old accused of sex with minor

AN 18-year-old was remanded to prison yesterday over allegations he had sex with a minor.Mark Strachan appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes charged with two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse and one count of child pornography.The

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Man stole car after being refused job severance pay

A 24-year-old man, who admitted to stealing someone’s car because he was in desperate need of money, was fined $500 on Friday or face six months in prison.Stevenson Taylor was among several people who appeared before Magistrate Samuel McKinney for th

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Three face armed robbery charges

THREE men were remanded to prison on Friday after being accused of robbery.

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Harbour Island legal war settled

A Harbour Island developer and his former project manager have this week settled their $1m legal dispute in the California courts, Tribune Business can reveal. Documents obtained by this newspaper reveal that Michael Wiener, 4M Harbour Island's prin

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$1,500 fine for cleaning up garbage

A 37-year-old man who claimed he violated the curfew because he was helping a friend clean up garbage was fined $1,500.Police arrested Denville Ramsey after they found him on Meadow Street around 3.45 am on August 4.During his arraignment before Magi

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Man fined $5,000 for attacking girlfriend in her home

A 30-year-old man who broke into his girlfriend’s house and assaulted her and the father of her children was fined nearly $5,000 yesterday. David Taylor was charged with one count of housebreaking and two counts of assault after he was accused of fo

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Teenager accused over drugs and ammo

A TEENAGER was remanded to prison over allegations he was found with a quantity of illegal drugs and ammunition which officials say he had plans to sell. Brad Sands, 18, was charged with marijuana possession with the intent to supply after officers

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$15K fine for drugs and firearm charges

Well-known Abaco resident Pericles Anthony Maillis was fined a total of $15,500 after pleading guilty to a list of charges for drugs and firearm possession in the Magistrate Court in Abaco on yesterday.

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Two years in jail for gun and ammunition possession

A 21-year-old man who claimed he pocketed a pistol he found in bushes was yesterday sentenced to two years in prison after he pleaded guilty to illegal firearm and ammunition possession. Jarvis Joseph was accused of being in possession of an unlicen

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Man fined for helping steal car parts

A MAN who admitted to helping his friends steal a car hood and battery from another man was fined $1,500 and ordered to compensate the owner of the vehicle. Brandon McKenzie, 26, appeared before Magistrate Samuel McKinney after he was accused of ste

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Man fined $1,500 for death threat posted on WhatsApp

A 34-year-old bus driver who posted a WhatsApp status threatening to kill another man whenever he saw him was fined $1,500 yesterday. Martin Miller was arrested after he was accused of unlawfully threatening Darcio Rolle with death through writing o

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RBDF officers’ night spot ‘curfew breach’

FOUR Royal Bahamas Defence Force officers who were accused of violating the COVID-19 emergency orders by attending a nightclub in Abaco during the national curfew were yesterday granted $500 bail before their trial.

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Probation for death threats

A 24-year-old man who last month assaulted and threatened to kill his former landlord was yesterday placed on probation for two years.

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Probation for death threats

A 24-year-old man who last month assaulted and threatened to kill his former landlord was yesterday placed on probation for two years.

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Court rejects grandmother killer's appeal

A MAN who was sentenced to 40 years in prison for stabbing his grandmother to death seven years ago has lost his appeal over the matter.

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Woman violated curfew 'to clear her head'

A magistrate on Friday discharged a woman who claimed she violated the curfew because she needed to go for a walk to “clear her head”.

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Fined for marijuana possession

A 25-year-old man who was caught with an ounce of marijuana was fined $700 in the Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

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Man jailed for stealing woman's car battery

A 30-year-old man who stole and sold a woman’s car battery to make money to buy drugs was sentenced to nine months in prison on Friday.

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Magistrate urges public to be more careful

DEPUTY Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes yesterday urged the public to “exercise better judgment” to avoid being brought before the courts for violating the emergency orders.

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Another elderly drug mule deported

A SWISS man who spent nine months on remand for importing $50,000 worth of cocaine into the country was yesterday turned over to the Department of Immigration for deportation.

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Man violates curfew to charge ankle bracelet

A 27-year-old man who claimed he violated New Providence’s curfew because he went to get the adapter to charge his ankle bracelet was fined $500 yesterday.

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Teenager given bail ahead of trial

A teenager who was accused of hacking into a man’s social media account was yesterday granted bail ahead of her trial.

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Fined for cocaine possession

A man who officers seized nearly ten ounces of cocaine from on Tuesday was fined $5,000 in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

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Fined $500 for assisting in theft

A 28-year-old man who admitted helping another man steal a weed whacker from a yard cleaner last month was fined $500 yesterday. Danrico Carey appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes after he was accused of stealing the gardening tool

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Pair admit violating curfew but needed to eat

A magistrate yesterday discharged two men who claimed they violated the island’s curfew because they were trying to get something to eat. Ahmad Ferguson, 22, and Ricardo Johnson, 21, appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes after office

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Woman attacked another with a screwdriver

A 24-year-old woman was ordered to attend anger management classes after she admitted to assaulting another woman with a screwdriver during an argument last week. Another woman was also placed on six months’ probation for threatening to knock down a

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Firearm charge

A 53-year-old man who appeared in court yesterday for illegal firearm and ammunition possession was denied bail ahead of his trial. Patrick Peterson was remanded to prison over allegations he was found with a .9mm pistol, 75 unfired rounds of .9mm a

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Three months in jail for breaking bail conditions

A 34-year-old man who violated his bail conditions related to illegal firearm and ammunition charges was sentenced to three months in prison yesterday. Alcott Roach appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes after he was accused of failin

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Two men deny theft claims

Two men were charged with stealing by reason of employment in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court yesterday. Rashad Saunders, 30, of Flying Fish Street, Freeport, and Marvin Williams, 48, of South Bahamia, appeared before Magistrate Rengin Johnson. It

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Hayward’s children launch new court case

The ruinous financial impact of the late Sir Jack Hayward's battle for control of the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) has been exposed by the $4m legal bill still owed by his estate over a decade later.

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25-year-old held on attempted murder charge

A 25-year-old man was remanded to prison yesterday after being arraigned on an attempted murder charge.

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Two men deny firearm possession charges

TWO men were arraigned in Magistrates Court yesterday on firearm possession charges. Eric Arthur, 21, and Elvardo Deveaux, 22, stood before Senior Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis yesterday, charged with being in possession of an unlicenced firearm. D

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Jailed for violating curfew

A 27-year-old man who pleaded guilty to violating New Providence’s curfew was sent to prison yesterday because he could not pay a $750 fine. Shaquille Williams appeared before Magistrate Cara Turnquest-Deveaux charged with curfew violation after pol

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Three accused of forgery, attempted fraud

Three Grand Bahama men were charged with forgery and attempted fraud in connection in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday. Austin Augustine, 27, of Hanna Hill, EMR; Loran Turnquest, 29, of No 15 Waterfall Drive, Freeport; and Darren Davis,

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Man admits theft and causing damage

A 30-year-old man was ordered to pay $700 in the Magistrates Court yesterday after he pleaded guilty to stealing items valued at $380 and causing damage estimated at over $600. Wardnell Pierre, 30, stood before Magistrate Kara Turnquest-Deveaux, cha

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Charged with running a non-essential business

A 46-year-old man was arraigned in Magistrates Court earlier this week for operating a non-essential business in breach of COVID-19 emergency orders. Roberto Williams appeared before Senior Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis, charged with operating a no

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Three men accused of violating curfew

THREE men were brought to court earlier this week to face charges of violating the national curfew. Trevon Stubbs, 21, stood before Senior Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis, charged with violating the curfew after police found him on Mount Tabor Drive

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Three charged with violating curfew

THREE men were brought to court yesterday to face charges of violating the national curfew.

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Nygard relatives: ‘We’re victims too’ – Two of tycoon’s closest family members accuse him of sex trafficking

CANADIAN fashion mogul Peter Nygard faces astonishing new allegations – that he sex trafficked two of his closest relatives and had them subjected to sexual assault.

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Two in court on fraud related charges

TWO men were arraigned in a Magistrate's Court Friday on fraud related charges.

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Teens charged with armed robbery

TWO teenagers were remanded to prison on Friday after being arraigned in a Magistrate’s Court on two counts of armed robbery.

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Man charged with grievous harm

A 21-year old Haitian man, who claimed he attacked another man because he believed he was sexually assaulted by him, was remanded to prison on Friday.

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Air conditioning unit thieves must pay up or cool off in prison

THREE men who admitted to stealing two air conditioning units and posting them online for sale at a reduced price were ordered to pay fines of a combined total of $4,000 or risk spending six months in prison.

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Teenager on gun charge is granted bail

A TEENAGER, arraigned on a charge of illegal firearm possession, was yesterday granted bail ahead of his trial.

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Eight months in jail for breaking into car to steal items

A MAN was sentenced to eight months in prison yesterday after he admitted to breaking into another man’s car to steal an assortment of items earlier this year.

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Armed robbery sentences quashed by Court of Appeal

THE Court of Appeal yesterday quashed the armed robbery sentences of two men who were accused of stealing an assortment of items from a woman in 2014, after they argued the trial judge erred when he allowed “prejudicial evidence” to be admitted into their trial.

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Father fined for getting water for his children

A 29-year-old man who claimed he violated the national curfew because he was trying to get water for his children was fined $500 yesterday. Wilmer Pierre appeared before Magistrate Samuel McKinney after officers found him on Cowpen Road around 1am o

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Ordered to compensate for ATM theft

A 30-year-old man who stole nearly $10,000 from a ScotiaBank ATM machine last month was ordered to compensate the local bank or risk spending a year behind bars. Travis Seymour was accused of stealing $4,040 from a ScotiaBank Bahamas Limited ATM mac

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$1.5k fine for threatening to kill his ex

A 33-year-old man who last week threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend was fined $1,500 in a Magistrate’s Court yesterday. Brandon Fisher appeared before Magistrate Samuel McKinney after he was accused of making death threats to his ex-girlfriend on A

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Fine over stolen car

A man who bought a stolen car he could not produce a bill of sale for was fined $1,500 yesterday by Magistrate Samuel McKinney. Phillip McCartney, 37, was charged with dishonestly receiving a stolen $15,000 Toyota Mark sometime between October 28, 2

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Fined $500 for going to get food for his children

A 28-year-old man who said he violated national lockdown to get food for his children was fined $500 yesterday.

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Firearm charges

A 33-year-old man was charged with illegal firearm and ammunition possession in a Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

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27-year-old accused of indecent assault

A 27-year-old man has been remanded to prison over an allegation he indecently assaulted a woman earlier this week.

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Man fined $6,000 for marijuana possession

A 55-year-old man who was found with over three pounds of marijuana was fined $6,000 in a Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

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Charged with damaging car

A 32-year-old man was charged with causing damage in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court on Monday. Deshawn Laing appeared before Magistrate Charlton Smith in Court One, where he pleaded not guilty to the charge. It is alleged that on August 5, the acc

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Man ordered to pay theft compensation

A 54-year-old man was yesterday ordered to compensate a woman he stole more than $1,000 worth of building supplies from last month. Patrick Gray was accused of stealing 32 bundles of shingles and 12 gallons of paint from a woman sometime between Jul

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One-year's probation for drug possession

A 20-year-old man caught by police with a weed brownie was placed on one-year probation by a magistrate yesterday. Chrishon Forbes was charged with drug possession after officers seized 1.58 ounces of Indian Hemp from him on August 1. The court was

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Brother slaps sister in the face

A 28-year-old man who slapped his younger sister in the face was charged with assault yesterday. Police arrested Jermaine Smith Jr after his sister reported him for slapping her in the face sometime around 12.20pm on July 20. Smith Jr admitted to t

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Singer fined $450 for after making threats

A LOCAL singer who posted a video making death threats against police officers and calling for the government to be overthrown was fined $450 on Friday.

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Man charged with burglary, rape and stealing

A 55-year-old man who said he broke into people’s homes and stole their belongings to support his cocaine addiction was arraigned on Friday on a string of burglary charges and accused of rape. He will appear before the chief magistrate next week for sentencing.

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Man accused of indecently assaulting two minors

A 31-year-old man who was accused of indecently assaulting two minors has been granted bail ahead of his trial.

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Man jailed over illegal gun

A 24-year-old man was yesterday sentenced to 15 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to illegal firearm and ammunition possession. He is the brother of the man who attempted to plead guilty for the same crime to protect his mother on Wednesday.

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Jailed for spitting in strangers' faces

A 51-year-old man who said he spat in the faces of two strangers because that’s what he felt like doing at the time was sentenced to two months in prison yesterday.

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Man who is accused of home theft remanded to prison

A MAN was yesterday remanded to prison over allegations he broke into a residence to steal a video game console and its accessories.

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Denied bail over assault charge

A 35-year-old man who assaulted another man earlier this week was yesterday denied bail ahead of his trial.

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Son claims he had firearm so he could protect mother

A MAN who claimed he pleaded guilty to illegal firearm and ammunition possession to “protect his mother,” is expected to appear before the chief magistrate for sentencing today.

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Man fined $200 for cursing at police officers who evacuated crowded bar

A 26-year-old man was fined $200 for cursing at police officers who last week evacuated a crowded bar in an effort to enforce the safety measures outlined in the COVID-19 emergency orders. Giovanni Smith was charged with acting disorderly and using

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Man ordered to pay for furniture damage

A magistrate ordered a man to fully compensate another man whose furniture he damaged earlier this week. Marlin Smith, 20, was accused of causing $807.97 damage to a man’s 32-inch Samsung TV and two tables on July 27. He pleaded guilty during a hea

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Thief is jailed for stealing gas tanks to support drug habit

A 44-year-old man who admitted to stealing utility tanks to support his drug habit was sentenced to nine months in prison yesterday. Leroy Clarke was accused of stealing a 100-pound gas tank from St Gregory Parish on June 8. He was further accused o

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Woman passenger admits swearing at police officers

A 25-year-old woman who used profanity and punched a police officer who stopped and evacuated a bus she was riding on earlier this week was granted a conditional discharge in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday. Lucna Severe appeared before Assistant C

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Man jailed for six months for threatening to kill

A 38-year-old man was jailed for six months after he admitted threatening to kill a woman, dishonestly receiving stolen appliances and damaging a man’s car. Sanjay Cooper was accused of dishonestly receiving a fridge, blower, AC unit, microwave and

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Nygard bids to reduce court punishment

PETER Nygard has appealed a contempt conviction he received for breaching an injunction that banned him from publishing stolen emails from environmental group Save The Bays (STB), on the grounds the fine and sentence handed down to him was too harsh.

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Man told to attend anger management

Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes ordered a 33-year-old man to attend anger management classes after he admitted to assaulting a man with a cutlass last week.

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Americans deny taking too much cash

FOUR American men were charged yesterday after failing to declare more than $30,000 en route to the United States over the weekend. The men who hail from Florida were granted bail ahead of their trial.

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Archer killer told to reapply to appeal murder conviction

THE killer of 11-year-old Marco Archer has been told he is out of time to challenge his murder conviction.

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Magistrate worried by lack of COVID compliance

A Grand Bahama Magistrate yesterday expressed serious concern over residents failing to comply with COVID-19 rules, especially since GB now leads with the highest number of infections in The Bahamas. “I am worried for us,” Magistrate Rengin Johnson

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Man jailed over stolen motorbike

A 22-year-old man was sentenced to eight months in prison after he admitted to dishonestly receiving a stolen motorbike earlier this year.Aaron Bethel appeared before Senior Magistrate Carolyn Vogt-Evans after he was accused of stealing and receiving

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Man accused of stabbing love rival

A 26-year-old man was sentenced to three months in prison after he admitted assaulting another man he claimed was talking to his girlfriend “behind his back”.Rudolph Roberts was accused of assaulting Rino McDonald with a knife on May 12. He pleaded g

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Two charged with drug possession

A 30-year-old man who pleaded guilty to marijuana possession and cocaine possession with the intent to supply was fined $1,000 in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday.Bill Frazier was charged after officers seized 27 grams of Indian hemp and seven grams

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Man on child sex charge

A JAMAICAN man was yesterday remanded to prison over allegations he had sex with a minor. Lamar Williams, 29, appeared before Senior Magistrate Carolyn Vogt-Evans charged with one count of unlawful sexual intercourse after he was accused of having s

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Mum-to-be jailed for car attack

A PREGNANT woman who admitted to hitting a teenager with her car earlier this week was sentenced to six months in prison in Magistrates Court yesterday.

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Two charged with drug possession

A 26-year-old man who was charged with marijuana possession yesterday was ordered to attend drug counselling classes.

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Businessman accused of failing to keep customers far enough apart

A BUSINESSMAN who was accused of failing to ensure his employees and customers followed the regulations outlined in the COVID-19 emergency orders was yesterday granted bail ahead of his trial. Samuel Kemp, 53, appeared before Magistrate Kara Turnque

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Ten bailed for fishing offences

TEN fishermen who were accused of using an air compressor to catch over 400 pounds of undersized fish were yesterday granted bail ahead of their trial.

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Man admits forging U.S. currency

A 25-year-old man was fined $6,000 for forging Bahamian and American dollar bills to purchase items from two businesses last week.

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Fined $200 for cocaine possession

A 26-year-old man who was caught with three grams of cocaine was fined $200 in Magistrates Court yesterday.

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Two remanded for car break-ins

TWO men were sentenced to 15 months in prison after they admitted to breaking into and stealing items from two cars last week. Duran Horton, 37, and Jacob Dawkins, 25, were accused of damaging a glass window of a red Hyundai on July 13 before stealing a $25 lunch bag and $110 cash out of the vehicle. The men were also accused of stealing a $50 black pouch from a grey Kia that same day.

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Man fined for causing harm

A 28-year-old man was ordered to compensate another man he injured last week while he was arguing with his girlfriend.

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Judges quash murder sentence of third man

THE Court of Appeal has overturned the conviction of a third man who was found guilty of kidnapping and murdering a senior immigration officer and his girlfriend in 2013. The judgment comes one week after two other men had their sentences quashed for the same crime.

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Man fined for attack by Pit Bulls

THE owner of three Pit Bulls that attacked a woman earlier this year was fined $3,150 in the Magistrate's Court on Friday and the dogs were ordered to be “put down.”

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Two fined for drug possession

An ex-convict who claimed he was selling marijuana because he could not find a job was fined $500 in the Magistrate's Court on Friday.

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15 month sentence for carrying unlicensed firearm

A 27-year-old man who claimed he carried an unlicensed firearm because he had to get food for his family was sentenced to 15 months in prison on Friday.

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Man gets 12 months probation for assault and threats

A 34-year-old man was placed on 12 months probation after he admitted to assaulting and threatening to kill another man earlier this week.

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'Time to discipline untruthful lawyers'

An individual attorney and Bahamian law firm have been cited for contempt of court by a Supreme Court judge, who blasted: “The time is ripe to discipline these untruthful lawyers.” Justice Indra Charles, pictured , in a scathing July 6 verdict, blas

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$400 fine for leaving home without mask

A 26-year-old man was fined $400 for leaving his home without a face mask during the curfew hours.Corderro Young was charged after officers found him near Cyprus Court around 2.45am on July 13. He pleaded guilty during his arraignment before Deputy C

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Thief admits stealing from woman on beach

A 28-year-old man was yesterday ordered to compensate a woman $153 after he admitted to stealing her items from a local beach last week. Sheroy Mackey appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes after he was accused of stealing a $600 iPho

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Anger classes order after smashing TV

A WOMAN was placed on 12 months’ probation and ordered to attend anger management classes after she admitted to damaging her estranged husband’s television during a domestic dispute last week.Odesia McKinney, 46, was accused of damaging Roy McKinney’

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Two charged with drug possession

A MAN who was caught with over two ounces of marijuana was fined $500 in court yesterday.Alfred McKinney appeared in Magistrates Court before Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes charged with possession of Indian hemp with the intent to supply, afte

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Fined $1,500 for growing marijuana plants

A 40-year-old man who said he cultivated marijuana plants because he wanted to see how they grew was fined $1,500 in court yesterday. Devaughn Culmer was charged with cultivating marijuana and being in possession of a quantity of Indian hemp with th

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51-year-old remanded over claims he had sex with girl, 13

A 51-year-old man was yesterday remanded to prison over allegations he had sex with a minor.Glenroy Lynes appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes charged with one count of unlawful sexual intercourse, after he was accused of having sex

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You won't see me again, man promises court

A man was yesterday fined $300 after officers found a quantity of marijuana in his bathroom earlier this month. Peter McBride, 59, appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes charged with simple drug possession after officers found 2.18 ou

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Fined $25 for selling coconuts on the street

A 20-year-old man was yesterday fined $25 for selling mangoes, coconut water and coconut jelly on the side of the street without a permit. Marvin Joseph appeared before Magistrate Kara Turnquest-Deveaux charged with one count of hawking, after he wa

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Bail denied to man accused of throwing acid

A 20-year-old man who was accused of throwing acid on a woman during an altercation last year was denied bail in Magistrates Court yesterday. Audley Martin was charged with causing harm and using a corrosive substance to harm Alanda Curtis on June 1

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Driver without mask fined after he is pulled over

A 43-year-old man was yesterday fined $200 for failing to wear a mask while he was outside of his home. Bernard Cooper was accused of committing the offence while driving along West Bay Street around 11.35pm on July 9. He pleaded guilty to violating

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Hosting birthday party with 200 guests will cost Jamaican man $1,000

A JAMAICAN man was fined $1,000 yesterday after he admitted to hosting a party with nearly 200 guests in defiance of the physical distancing protocols outlined in the COVID-19 emergency orders. Lamar Walters, 23, was accused of allowing more than 30

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Judges quash double murder conviction

THE Court of Appeal has overturned the convictions of two men who were found guilty of kidnapping and murdering a senior immigration officer and his girlfriend in 2013.

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Juvenile remanded over allegations he supplied cocaine

A JUVENILE was remanded to the Simpson Penn Centre for Boys over allegations he supplied cocaine to another person and was found with a quantity of marijuana he intended to sell. The 17-year-old appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes

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Son admits threatening to kill father

A 28-year-old man was ordered to attend grief and anger management classes after he admitted to threatening to kill his father during an altercation over the weekend. Chavargo Woodside appeared before Deputy Chief Andrew Forbes charged with one coun

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Two on trial for running food services after 8pm

TWO men who denied operating separate restaurants past 8pm as specified in COVID-19 emergency orders have been granted bail ahead of their trials. Vernal Major, 43, appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes after he was accused of operat

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Two walk free in 2016 killing

THE Court of Appeal yesterday overturned the murder and manslaughter sentences of two men accused of stabbing and killing another man in 2016, after the accused men argued that the trial judge failed to use his discretion when he allowed a statement from a witness who did not appear in court into evidence.

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Fine after admitting marijuana possession

A 20-year-old man was ordered to pay a $2,500 fine after he pleaded guilty to marijuana possession with the intent to supply in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday. Jacobee Black appeared before Senior Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis after officers seiz

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Man charged with murder

A 23-year-old man was charged with murder in Magistrate’s Court yesterday. Shanfano Dean appeared before Senior Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis charged with the murder of Jerone Thompson on March 28.According to initial police reports, shortly before

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Too drunk to remember stealing cash from bar

A 48-year-old man was ordered to pay back a sum of money he stole from a bar earlier this year after he admitted to stealing the funds while he was under the influence of alcohol. Joseph Rolle appeared before Senior Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis ch

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Jamaican man charged with possession of drugs

A JAMAICAN man was charged in Freeport last week with possession of dangerous drugs. George Anthony Ellis, 30, of St Andrew’s, Jamaica, pleaded guilty in Magistrate’s Court to the drug possession charge and was ordered to pay a fine of $400. After p

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Defendant thanks jury after he's found not guilty of murder

CARLOS Brown is now a free man after a Supreme Court jury yesterday found him not guilty of murdering Renaldo Bullard in 2018. Mr Brown was accused of shooting and killing the man, before burying his body in a shallow grave on a piece of property hi

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Two men face murder charges

TWO 35-year-old men were charged in the Magistrate’s Court with murdering another man last week. Marcello McKenzie and Jamaal Armbrister appeared before Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis yesterday charged with the death of Godfrey Sawyer on June 28. Ac

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Witness heard shots and says he saw the accused with a gun

A JURY yesterday listened to the closing arguments from Crown and defence counsel on whether an accused man shot and killed another man who was found in a shallow grave on an undeveloped plot of land in 2018. The panel is expected to decide the fate

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Man jailed after pleading guilty to causing damage

THE Magistrate’s court sent a 20-year-old man to jail for 18 months on Friday after he pleaded guilty to causing damage to a man’s home.

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Three accused of assault

TWO teenagers and a man were remanded to prison on Friday to await trial after they were accused of assaulting three men last week with a deadly weapon.

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Two charged with cultivating marijuana

A man and woman were charged in the Magistrate’s Court on Friday with cultivating marijuana.

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Bungled Netflix trade to cost Ansbacher $317k

Ansbacher (Bahamas) has been ordered to pay $317,000 in lost profits to a UK investor over a bungled Netflix share trade he claims cost him his townhouse.Justice Indra Charles, in a June 22, 2020, verdict, found that the financial services provider g

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'Killing time' smoking drug lands teen in court

A TEENAGER charged with marijuana possession yesterday told a judge he was smoking the drug “to kill time”.Tarron Hepburn, 19, appeared before Magistrate Samuel McKinney after officers seized two grams of Indian hemp from him on June 20.He pleaded gu

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Teenager accused of raping woman

A TEENAGER was remanded to prison yesterday over allegations he raped a woman last week. Indico Bethel, 18, appeared before Magistrate Samuel McKinney charged with one count of rape after he was accused of having sexual intercourse with a 24-year-ol

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Man jailed after gun and ammunition found in car

A man was sentenced to more than two years in prison yesterday after he pleaded guilty to illegal firearm and ammunition possession. Latario Rolle, 25, appeared before Magistrate Samuel McKinney charged with possession of a prohibited weapon and amm

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Judges throw out murder conviction

THE Court of Appeal recently quashed the murder sentence of a man who was accused of shooting and killing another man in 2015, after the accused appealed his conviction on the grounds that during the trial the judge failed to give him a good character direction to which he was “entitled”.

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Man, 26, accused of attempted murder

A 26-year-old man was charged with attempted murder yesterday. Derinardo Mott appeared before Magistrate Samuel McKinney after he was accused of trying to kill Antoine Williamson on June 17. According to initial police reports, shortly before 6pm t

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Community service order for marijuana possession

A man was ordered to complete community service after he pleaded guilty to marijuana possession in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday. Gerreth Smith, 26, appeared before Magistrate Sandradee Gardiner after officers seized 12 grams of Indian Hemp from

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Jamaican woman admits scissors assault

A JAMAICAN woman was placed on 12 months’ probation yesterday after she admitted assaulting a man with a dangerous instrument earlier this week. Shanice Thomas, 27, appeared before Magistrate Samuel McKinney after she was accused of assaulting Patri

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Teenager to pay compensation to pair after throwing rocks

A TEENAGER was ordered to compensate a man and woman after he admitted to damaging their property when he threw rocks at them during an altercation on Baillou Hill Road last week. Shervin Oliver, 19, appeared before Magistrate Samuel McKinney charge

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Developer defeats judgment attempt

An ex-convict’s bid to obtain summary judgment against a Harbour Island developer was this week rejected by a California judge. Judge Gary Klausner threw out the bid by Bernard Ross, who has a history of convictions and run-ins with law enforcement,

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Man ordered to pay his child's mother $800 for her injuries

A MAN was ordered to pay $800 in compensation to his child’s mother after he admitted to harming her during a domestic dispute earlier this week. Ray Sands appeared before Magistrate Samuel McKinney after he was accused of stabbing the mother of his

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Attempted murder charge upgraded to murder

A 26-year-old man had his attempted murder charge upgraded to murder yesterday. Farron Palmer appeared before Magistrate Samuel McKinney charged with the death of Jaron Thompson on March 28. Palmer was initially charged with attempted murder in Apr

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39-year-old man is charged with incest

A 39-year-old man appeared before Magistrate Samuel McKinney charged with incest and indecent assault. The man, whose name has been withheld to protect the identity of the complainant, was accused of indecently assaulting and engaging in sexual inte

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Ordered to pay $3.5k for marijuana possession

A 38-year-old man was ordered to pay a $3,500 fine yesterday after he pleaded guilty to marijuana possession with the intent to supply . Jerry Erme appeared in Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Samuel McKinney after officers seized two pound

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Alleged child abductor faces court date

ALLEGED child abductor De’Edra Gibson will appear before Justice Bernard Turner next week to receive the date she will stand trial for abducting four boys from various places in New Providence early last year. Last April, Gibson was charged before M

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San Salvador pair accused of having sex with minors in separate incidents

TWO San Salvador men appeared before Magistrate Sandradee Gardiner after they were accused of having sex with teenagers in two separate incidents. Terreance Storr, 21, was charged with two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse after he was accused o

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Ex-casino worker faces jail 12 years after 'theft'

A former Crystal Palace casino worker has been ordered to report to Fox Hill prison so he can begin serving a near-three year sentence for a $20,000 counterfeit money/theft offence committed almost 12 years ago. Appeal Justice Jon Isaacs, writing a

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Man admits assaulting and threatening mother of his children

A MAN admitted to assaulting and threatening the mother of his children during a court hearing on Friday.

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Jamaican man accused of unlawful sex

A JAMAICAN man was arraigned in Magistrate’s Court on Friday accused of unlawful sex last month with a minor.

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Man pleads guilty to breaking cousin's windshield

A MAN shattered his cousin's windshield during an argument, a court heard on Friday.

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Man fined for violating curfew

A 28-year-old man was fined $500 in the Magistrate’s Court on Friday for violating the national curfew and lying to a police officer.

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Two charged with stealing cleaning supplies

TWO men were charged in the Magistrate’s court on Friday with stealing an assortment of cleaning supplies from the company for which they worked.

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Two deny obtaining spouse permit by fraud

TWO people pleaded not guilty to fraud charges in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday. Yvonel Amilphat, 41, and Raquel Amilphat, 47, were charged before Magistrate Andrew Forbes, accused of allegedly committing fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud.

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Man accused of fraud over passport and certificates

A SIERRA Leone man was charged in Magistrate’s Court with 18 fraud-related counts including uttering forged documents, fraud by false pretense, and possession of false documents. Seth Christopher William Beoku-Betts, 44, appeared before Magistrate A

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Second man accused over Lorencia killing

A SECOND man has been arraigned in connection with the murders of ten-year-old Lorencia Walkes and another man. Donald Cox, 24, was arraigned before Magistrate Andrew Forbes and charged for the May 29 shooting incident that claimed the lives of the

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Brother denies matching stories with officer accused of rape

THE brother of the chief immigration officer who was accused of raping a Jamaican woman has denied conversing with the officer before the hearing to ensure their statements supported one another. Norman Bastian was accused of taking Claudia Edwards

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‘Christie song’ suspect wins $60k off police

A MAN arrested in 2016 under suspicion that he recorded a disturbing song about former Prime Minister Perry Christie has been awarded $60,000 in damages after a Supreme Court judge found that he was unlawfully arrested, falsely imprisoned and had his constitutional rights breached.

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Two men fined after they admit to drug possession

TWO men were fined for marijuana possession in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday, while another man was conditionally discharged and ordered to attend drug counselling classes. Narado Knowles, 38, appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes

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25-year-old accused of murder, attempted murder

A 25-year-old was charged yesterday with murdering a man and attempting to murder a police officer earlier this year. Lorenzo Wilson appeared in Magistrate’s Court before Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes charged with the shooting death of Deano

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Woman admits assault and then pleads for leniency

A 38-year-old woman was ordered to pay $1,300 yesterday after being charged with assault and threats of death. Ventina Turnquest, stood before Kara Turnquest-Deveaux, accused of unlawfully assaulting Sasha Dorsette and threatening her with death on J

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Two men put on probation after confessing to fraud

TWO men were yesterday placed on probation and ordered to repay a marketing agency which they defrauded nearly two years ago. Tristian Rolle, 33, and Travado Taylor, 35, appeared before Magistrate Andrew Forbes, charged with possession of forged doc

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Man charged with robbing two people at gunpoint

A 25-year-old man was remanded to prison on Friday after he was charged with holding a man and woman at gunpoint and robbing them of cash earlier this month.

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Counselling order over marijuana possession

TWO men charged with marijuana possession were yesterday conditionally discharged after they agreed to attend drug counselling classes. A woman who was charged with the same offence was also placed on six months’ probation after her attorney told th

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Eight fishermen granted bail

EIGHT fishermen from Spanish Wells and Eleuthera who were accused of using prohibited apparatus to catch fish were each granted $1,000 bail ahead of their trial. Headly Sweeting, 70; Kirkwood Pinder, 51; Garrison Sweeting, 44; Michael Wood, 35; Andy

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Two accused of causing harm

TWO men were charged in Magistrate’s Court yesterday with causing harm in two separate incidents. In the first incident, D’angelo Adderley, 40, appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes after he was accused of punching his neighbour, Rya

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Magistrate discharges man for lockdown violation

A MAGISTRATE discharged a man who violated a weekend lockdown after the accused said he only went across the street to get something from his car. Jamal Jones, 31, appeared before Magistrate Samuel McKinney after officers found him on Cowpen Road ar

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Man denies punching a police officer in the eye

A MAN was arraigned in Magistrate’s Court yesterday, accused of punching a police officer and acting disorderly at a police station. Edwin Thompson III, 27, appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes after he was accused of causing harm t

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Boy given curfew after receiving stolen goods

A 15-year-old boy has been given a daily curfew and placed on two years’ probation after he pleaded guilty to receiving stolen goods from a local pre-school. The teenager appeared before Magistrate Samuel McKinney charged with dishonestly receiving

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Two conditionally discharged after agreeing to counselling

TWO men who were charged with marijuana possession were conditionally discharged after they agreed to attend drug counselling classes.

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Three accused of theft in separate incidents

THREE men were charged in Magistrate’s Court yesterday for stealing in two separate incidents. In the first case, an Inagua man denied a string of shop breaking and stealing charges. Jeremy Charlton, 28, appeared before Magistrate Samuel McKinney c

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Pair to compensate person they assaulted

TWO men were ordered to compensate a man $150 after they admitted to assaulting him during a traffic accident earlier this month. Errol Knowles, 32, and Charles Sweeting, 25, appeared before Magistrate Samuel McKinney after they were accused of assa

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AG lodges appeal on ‘dad’ ruling

THE Office of the Attorney General has filed a notice of appeal against Justice Ian Winder’s groundbreaking ruling on citizenship.

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Chemists’ degrees ‘invalid’

THE Court of Appeal yesterday dismissed the appeal of 13 pharmacists who sought to  have their licences renewed by the Bahamas Pharmacy Council, after ruling that doing so would “reduce quality pharmacy care”.

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Man agrees to counselling after discharge

A 24-year-old man who was charged with marijuana possession was given a conditional discharge yesterday after agreeing to take drug counselling classes. Lawrence Tynes appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes after officers found him on

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Haitian man and woman accused of assault, putting a child in harm's way

A HAITIAN man and woman were charged with assaulting another woman and putting her child in harm’s way in the Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

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Man accused of stealing cash and phone

A 24-year-old man was charged with armed robbery in the Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

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Man accused of cutlass attack

A 30-year-old man was charged with causing harm in the Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

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Counselling for man found with hemp

A 21-year-old man has been ordered to attend drug counselling classes for six months after he pleaded guilty to drug possession in Magistrate’s Court. Phillip Cleare appeared before Senior Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis this week after officers foun

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$350 fine for going to get food for mother

A 37-year-old man was fined $350 for violating the curfew after claiming he was trying to go to his neighbour’s house to get food for his mother.He was one of several who appeared in Magistrate’s Court for curfew and lockdown violations, including tw

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Man fined $4,000 for receiving stolen crabs

A MAN was ordered to pay $4,027 after he pleaded guilty to receiving two stolen crab pens that contained an assortment of white and black crabs. Demetrius Smith appeared before Senior Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis after he was accused of dishonestl

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‘Pulling trigger is last resort’: Victim wins payout 13 years after being shot twice by police

A SUPREME Court judge has said police must guard against criticism of excessive force but warned that pulling a trigger on an unarmed person “should be a measure of last resort”.

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Charged with violating his bail

A 46-year-old man was charged in Magistrate’s Court for violating the conditions of his bail.

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Man admits threatening harm

A 33-year-old man who was accused of threatening to harm his ex-girlfriend during an argument last month was charged in Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

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Court overturns rape conviction

THE Court of Appeal has overturned the 12-year prison sentence of a man who was accused of raping a woman in 2015, after he argued his conviction was unsafe since the trial judge failed to give the jury a good character direction.

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Court discharges Muslim man from China seeking asylum

A MAGISTRATE discharged a Muslim man who was arrested for violating the national curfew after the accused explained he is homeless and seeking asylum in the country after fleeing China.

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Fined $250 for visiting terminally ill gran

A man who claimed he violated the weekend lockdown because he was heading home after visiting his terminally ill grandmother was fined $250 yesterday.

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Two on drug charges in separate incidents

TWO men were charged with drug possession in two separate incidents in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

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Three boys accused of breaking into a house

THREE boys were brought to court yesterday, to face charges of breaking into a house to steal a gaming system.

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Beer bottle thrower told to pay $1,000 fine

A 32-year-old man was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine or spend six months in prison after he admitted to throwing a beer bottle at a shop owner during an argument last month. Andrew Smith appeared before Senior Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis charged wi

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Curfew rules are lost in translation for Spaniard

A SPANISH man was fined $400 yesterday after he claimed he violated the recent weekend lockdown because he was not aware of the emergency orders and saw people jogging outside. He was among several people who appeared before Chief Magistrate Joyann

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Accused of underage sex

A 21-year-old man was arraigned in Magistrate’s Court yesterday accused of having sexual intercourse last month with a minor. Ashton Sturrup appeared before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt after he was accused of engaging in sexual intercourse

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Man threatens to kill two women during row

A 30-year-old man was charged in Magistrate’s Court after he threatened to kill two women during a verbal altercation at a gas station last week. Thorne Bootle appeared before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt charged with threatening Samantha

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Teacher and cousin admit several fraud charges

A PRE-SCHOOL teacher and her cousin were charged in Magistrate’s Court charged with attempting last week to defraud two Super Value stores with fraudulent food store stamps. Tromar Sweeting, 26, and Bendra Thompson, 25, appeared before Chief Magistr

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Jamaican man wins new $60k payout over detention

AFTER a series of court wins, Jamaican national Matthew Sewell has scored another legal victory, with the Supreme Court ordering a $60,000 interim payment within 60 days.

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Magistrate discharges man delayed by 'crazy traffic'

A MAGISTRATE discharged a man who violated the weekend lockdown after the accused said he was on his way home but had got stuck in heavy traffic.

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Couple admit posting video of naked woman

A MAN and woman were charged in Magistrate’s Court yesterday after posting a nude video of the man’s ex-girlfriend on his Whatsapp status last month.

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Pair fined after admitting drug possession charges

TWO men were fined yesterday after being arraigned in the Magistrate’s Court on drug possession charges.

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Eleuthera men charged with marijuana stuck in Nassau

WHEN police brought Cordell Evans from Eleuthera to New Providence in a boat last month, the 20-year-old bumped his head during the ride and suffered a seizure so severe his friend began to cry, thinking he would die at sea.

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Several charged with separate drug offences

SEVERAL people were given fines or community service after being arraigned for separate incidents of drug possession in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

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31-year-old admits cruelty to stepson

A 31-year-old man was ordered to attend parenting classes after he pleaded guilty to child cruelty yesterday.

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Judge dismisses firearm charges against mother and daughters

A Grand Bahama mother and her three children - including a 20-year-old son and two juveniles - were arraigned on illegal firearm and ammunition possession charges yesterday after police found a gun in a bedroom of their home.

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I was only stretching my legs, claims man who was fined $500

A MAN was fined $500 yesterday for violating the weekend lockdown after claiming he only went for a walk to stretch his legs.

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Teenager accused of armed robbery

A 19-year-old man was arraigned in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court yesterday on charges of armed robbery and causing damage to public school property in Grand Bahama.

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Man violated curfew 'to take aunt for dialysis treatment'

A MAN who claimed he violated the national curfew because he was trying to take his aunt to the Princess Margaret Hospital for her dialysis treatment was fined $400 on Friday.

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Landlord pleads guilty to threatening to harm tenant

A LANDLORD who threatened to harm a tenant who refused to comply with his eviction orders was charged in the Magistrate’s Court on Friday

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Man charged with assaulting police officer

A 37-year-old man was charged in the Magistrate’s court on Friday with assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest.

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$1k fine juror told to pay for missing part of a trial is dismissed

THE Court of Appeal has quashed a $1,000 fine a juror was ordered to pay after he failed to attend all of the hearings of a criminal trial in the Supreme Court held earlier this year. Walcott Miller was sworn as a juror in a murder trial which comme

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Man who drinks 'a lot' is fined after passing out

A MAN who claimed he violated the national curfew because he passed out while trying to walk home from the bar was fined $400 yesterday. He was among several people who appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes for curfew and lockdown vi

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Pair plead guilty on drugs charge

TWO men were arraigned in Magistrate’s Court yesterday for dangerous drug possession after officers found a quantity of Indian hemp at their respective homes. Navada Nairn, 43, appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes after officers fou

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Homeless man's hunt for a meal ends up in court

A MAGISTRATE discharged a homeless man who was brought to court for violating the national curfew after he explained that he had only left the abandoned building he was staying in to get something to eat. Edvardo Charlton, 36, appeared before Magist

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Man fined for $150 assault

A 42-year-old man was ordered to pay another man $150 after shoving him and causing him to hit his head during an argument earlier this week. Ronnie Joseph appeared before Magistrate Carolyn Vogt-Evans charged with assaulting Gylano Alexandre on May

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Woman admits false claim

AN Eleuthera woman who falsely accused her ex-boyfriend of beating her child had her case dismissed with a warning in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday. Daniel Knowles, 23, appeared before Magistrate Carolyn Vogt-Evans charged with deceiving a public

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Stopping for a soda costs pool cleaner $500

A POOL cleaner who claimed he was outside during the country’s weekend lockdown because he stopped to buy a soda on the way to his employer’s house was fined $500 yesterday. Willo Desamue, 37, appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes aft

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Charged with indecent assault

A MAN was yesterday charged with indecently assaulting an eight-year-old girl. Sheldon Forbes appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes accused of attacking the child on May 22. He was not required to enter a plea and the case was adjou

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Fined $1.5k for cutting off ankle monitoring bracelet

A 36-year-old man who cut off his ankle monitoring bracelet last year has been ordered to pay more than $1,000 in compensation to a security company. Sony Pierre appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes yesterday charged with one count

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‘People are not getting the message’

A JUDGE chastised a group of young people brought before his court for violating the weekend lockdown yesterday, noting that although a teenager who was fined $700 last week for selling coconuts sparked public outrage, he still had a “courtroom full of people” violating the emergency regulations.

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DAD’S BAHAMIAN? THEN YOU ARE TOO – Supreme Court sets new provision for citizenship if born outside marriage

A SUPREME Court judge has ruled that children born out of wedlock to Bahamian men and foreign women are citizens at birth and do not have to wait until 18 to apply for citizenship.

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Man faces two years in jail for drugs and firearm offences

A 31-year-old man was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty yesterday to possession of drugs with intent to supply. He was also accused of having an illegal firearm and ammunition. Satchmo Saunders appeared before Magistrate Andrew

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24-year-old accused of sex with minor

A 24-year-old man was arraigned in Magistrate’s Court yesterday accused of having sexual intercourse last week with a minor. Daniel Williams appeared before Magistrate Andrew Forbes charged with two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse after he was

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15 months in prison for drug possession

A 38-year-old man was sentenced to 15 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to drug possession in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday. He was among four men who appeared before Magistrate Andrew Forbes for drug related offences. Obafemi Gibson, 38,

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Top soccer coach on bail over US assault

BEFORE he could officially accept his new job as the Technical Director for the Bahamas Football Association, former Queens Park Rangers (QPR) captain Marc Bircham found himself before the court of law in the United States facing a charge of aggravated battery.

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Man charged with damaging windscreen with bottle

A 50-year-old man was charged on Friday with damaging the front windshield of a woman’s car with a bottle.

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Man admits stealing more than $7,000

A 20-year-old man admitted stealing more than $7,000 from his friend’s uncle.

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Teenager fined for violating lockdown 'to retrieve phone charger'

A TEENAGER who claimed he violated the lockdown because he went to his neighbour’s house to retrieve his phone charger was fined $550 on Friday.

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Two charged with drug possession

TWO men were charged with drug possession in separate incidents in the Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

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Leaked photos land boyfriend in jail

A 27-year-old man was sentenced to nine months in prison after admitting to defrauding his ex-girlfriend of over $1,000, hacking her social media accounts and damaging her cellphone.

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Woman fined for breaking curfew

A WOMAN who claimed she broke the national curfew because she was on her way back home from picking up an important item from her friend’s house was fined $1,000 yesterday. Bissau Miller, 22, appeared before Magistrate Samuel McKinney after officers

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Two men charged with stealing garbage bin

TWO men were yesterday charged in magistrates court with stealing by reason of employment. Thomas Ingraham, 50, and Rashad McFall, 27, appeared before Magistrate Samuel McKinney charged with stealing a garbage bin valued at $2,000, belonging to Henr

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Court delays action against officer

THE Supreme Court has halted disciplinary proceedings against a senior officer in Exuma who was accused last year of badly bruising a woman’s face.

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23-year-old admits trying to stab neighbour to death

A 23-year-old man yesterday admitted to threatening to stab his neighbour to death. Cedric Cooper appeared before Magistrate Samuel McKinney for threatening Wellington Whymns with death on May 19 and assaulting him with a knife the same day. He plea

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Fined for breaking into liquor store

AN Eleuthera man was ordered to pay a $2,500 fine or face one year in prison for breaking into a liquor store on the island last month. Deon Cummings, 34, appeared before Magistrate Samuel McKinney charged with one count of shop breaking after he adm

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Jogger who ran past police is fined $2k

A FILIPINO woman who was caught jogging past the Cable Beach Police Station during the weekend lockdown was fined $2,000 yesterday. Helen Lacar, 41, was charged after officers found her on West Bay Street around 4.20pm on Sunday, May 17. Prosecutor

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Fined for refusing to give name

A 22-year-old man was fined $100 yesterday after refusing to give his name and address to an officer when he was stopped for a traffic violation last week. Brent Taylor appeared before Magistrate Sandradee Gardiner charged with failing to give his n

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Lockdown visit to pastor costs man $700

A MAN was fined $700 yesterday after claiming he violated the COVID-19 lockdown on Saturday to visit a pastor in search of food for his family. He was one of five people who appeared before Magistrate Sandradee Gardiner for curfew and lockdown infra

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Judge: Medical Council 'undermined its integrity'

The Supreme Court has blasted the Bahamas Medical Council (BMC) for “undermining its integrity” through improperly accessing a doctor’s “confidential” employment file held by a government agency. Justice Ian Winder, in an April 22, 2020, ruling, fou

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Man and teenager on murder charges

A MAN and a juvenile were arraigned in Freeport yesterday in connection with last week’s double murders in Grand Bahama.

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Teenager fined for selling 'non-essential' coconuts

A TEEN was fined $700 for selling coconuts on the side of the street in breach of the national curfew and emergency orders put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Jason Williams, 18, appeared before Magistrate Sandradee Gardiner charged with viol

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Deciding to stretch his back costs Andros man $600

AN Andros man who claimed he violated the lockdown because he was in his vehicle all day and needed to stretch his back was fined $600 yesterday. The man, who said he was living in his car, was among several people who appeared before Magistrate San

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Man admits assault after attacking his room-mate

A 40-year-old man was ordered to pay $300 or spend two months in prison after he assaulted his room--mate and his room-mate’s girlfriend last weekend. Aaron Armbrister appeared before Magistrate Sandradee Gardiner charged with two counts of assault

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Court dismisses attempted murder appeal

THE Court of Appeal has dismissed a man’s attempt to have his convictions for attempted murder, armed robbery and burglary overturned. Omar Miller had appealed his convictions which stemmed from a trial before Justice Estelle Gray-Evans in Freeport,

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Man accused of murder

A 23-year-old man faced court on Friday accused of murder.

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Prison inspector accused of drug possession

A PRISON inspector faced court on Friday accused of possession of dangerous drugs.

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$1,000 fine or six months in jail for drug possession

A 39-year-old man was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine or face six months in prison for drug possession yesterday.He was among several men who appeared in Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Andrew Forbes for drug-related offences. Many of those charged

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Discharge for man who visited pregnant girlfriend during curfew

A MAGISTRATE discharged a man who was charged with violating the national curfew after the accused explained he only left his home to visit his pregnant girlfriend who was experiencing some difficulties.He was among several people who appeared before

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Woman who made threat sent to anger management

A 36-year-old woman who was accused of threatening to kill another woman and her children has been ordered to attend anger management classes. Vernencha Deal appeared before Magistrate Andrew Forbes charged with one count of making death threats aft

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I'll do better, says man sent to drug counselling classes

A 25-year-old man was ordered to attend drug counselling classes after pleading guilty to drug possession in Magistrate’s Court yesterday. Kirkwood Hall Jr appeared before Magistrate Andrew Forbes charged with two counts of possession of dangerous d

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Court orders retrial over manslaughter charge

THE Court of Appeal has overturned the verdict of a man who was found guilty of manslaughter in a 2009 killing. Xavier Taylor killed James Gardiner on November 2, 2009 after the two had an altercation. Taylor argued that he stabbed Gardiner in self-defence.

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Fined for bringing his son's medication

A MAN who claimed he violated the national curfew to drop his son’s medication at the boy’s grandmother’s house was fined $500 yesterday. He was among several people who appeared before Magistrate Andrew Forbes for curfew and lockdown infractions, i

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University student ordered to attend drug counselling

A 24-year-old man was ordered to attend drug counselling sessions after he pleaded guilty to marijuana possession yesterday. Ralph Walker II appeared before Magistrate Andrew Forbes charged with possession of Indian hemp after officers found two gra

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Trip for some snacks ends up costing $400

A MAN who claimed he violated the lockdown because he was trying to withdraw cash from an ATM to buy some snacks from the store before it closed was fined $400 yesterday. Charles Eneas, 46, appeared before Magistrate Andrew Forbes after officers fou

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Prisoner wins Exuma murder appeal

THE Court of Appeal has overturned the 20-year manslaughter sentence of a man who was accused of robbing and killing another man in Exuma six years ago.

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Pair charged after shooting incident

TWO Freeport men were charged in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court on Monday in connection with last week’s shooting incident.

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Sailing from Andros ends with $400 fine

A MAN who sailed from Andros to New Providence on a Boston Whaler to seek medical treatment for an ailing leg during the national curfew was fined $400 yesterday.

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Man charged with shopbreaking and stealing

A MAN was charged with shopbreaking and stealing in the Freeport Magistrate's Court on Friday.

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Mother fined $525 for driving home to see sick son

A WOMAN who claimed she violated the lockdown because she was trying to get home to be with her sick son was fined $525 yesterday. She and three others appeared before Senior Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis for lockdown and curfew infractions. Is’la

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Freeport man admits shopbreaking offences

A Freeport man was yesterday charged with a number of shopbreaking offences between March and April. Deon Marcuis Hall, 43, of No 167 Morgan Lane, appeared before Magistrate Charlton Smith in Court Two on three counts of shopbreaking, one count of s

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Pair in court on vagrancy charges

TWO men were taken to court yesterday to face vagrancy charges. Dudley Smith, 30, appeared before Senior Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis after officers found him in the Stewfish Drive area on April 29 and had reason to suspect he was planning to com

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Teenager charged with sharing explicit video

AN 18-year-old was charged in Magistrate’s Court yesterday after recording and publishing a sexual video of a woman and another man. Trevor Brown appeared before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt charged with two counts of voyeurism. He pleaded

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Fine or prison for licence plate fraud

A 21-year-old man appeared in court yesterday charged with licence plate fraud. Stephen Turnquest appeared before Senior Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis charged with fraudulent use of a licence plate after officers found him on Baillou Hill Road driv

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Fined $500 for going out to charge cellphone

A man who claimed he violated the lockdown to charge his cellphone at a friend’s house because he had no electricity at home was fined $500 yesterday.

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Woman admits damaging ex-boyfriend's car

A WOMAN was charged yesterday with damaging her ex-boyfriend’s car after she found him at home with two naked women. Malanda Francois, 21, appeared before Senior Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis charged with one count of damage after she broke the f

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Man admits threatening to kill neighbour with cutlass

THREE men were charged yesterday with assaulting people with dangerous instruments in three separate incidents. Kemuel Stuart, 30, appeared in Magistrate’ Court charged with assaulting his neighbour with a cutlass and threatening to take his life as

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Man charged with curfew violation

A 38-year-old-man was yesterday charged with violating the lockdown and being in possession of instruments for burglary . Elliot Smith appeared before Senior Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis after officers found him in the Yellow Elder Elder area with

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Two charged with separate drug offences

TWO men were charged with drug possession in separate incidents in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday. James McCartney, 23, appeared before Senior Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis after officers seized two ounces of Indian hemp from him around 6.20pm on

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Fine for running repair business

A 44-year-old man was ordered to pay $4,000 or face one year in prison for violating the national curfew and operating a non-essential business last week. Sean Pindling appeared before Senior Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis after officers found him a

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Man jailed for stealing water pump

A MAN accused of stealing a water pump from a local bar and restaurant was sentenced to four months in prison on Friday.

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Homeless man pleads guilty to violating curfew

A 50-year-old homeless man, who claimed he was on the streets because he was being chased by six invisible people, was charged on Friday for violating the curfew.

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Man accused of sex with two teenaged girls

A 25-year-old man was remanded to prison on Friday accused of having sex with two teenaged girls.

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Going out for a drink costs woman $500

A WOMAN who told police she violated the national curfew because she lost track of time while out drinking was fined $500 yesterday. She was among several people who appeared before Magistrate Andrew Forbes for curfew and lockdown infractions. Keva

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Three years in jail for breaking into buildings

AN Exuma man was sentenced to three years in prison for breaking into two government buildings and several restaurants between January and April of this year. Kejanno Morley, 21, appeared before Magistrate Andrew Forbes charged with nine counts of s

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Man sent to jail for posting explicit video of his ex-girlfriend

A 23-year-old man was sentenced to six months in prison for posting a sexual video of his ex-girlfriend on social media. The man appeared before Magistrate Andrew Forbes charged with intentional libel after he published a sexual video of his former

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Two charged in separate drugs incidents

TWO men were charged with drug possession in separate incidents in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday. Carlin Smith, 26, appeared before Magistrate Andrew Forbes after he was found with Indian Hemp and methylenedioxyamphetamine on April 24. He pleade

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$700 fine for shouting outside US Embassy

A MAN who police said was arrested after he was found shouting outside the US Embassy was fined $700 yesterday for violating the national curfew.

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Jamaican woman caught illegally selling alcohol

A JAMAICAN woman who claimed she was illegally selling alcohol out of her home to help make ends meet was fined $1,100 yesterday.

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Heart doctor heads to Privy Council on RoyalFidelity claim

A top Bahamian heart doctor has been given conditional leave to appeal to the Privy Council in his dispute with a local merchant bank over a margin loan. The Court of Appeal granted Dr Conville Brown permission to take his case to the highest court

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Burger king ‘killer’ wins appeal

A MAN who faced life in prison for murdering a fast food restaurant manager in 2009 had his conviction overturned yesterday by the Privy Council because he did not have an attorney during his trial. The matter has been sent back to the Court of Appeal, which will determine if there should be a retrial.

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Sexual assault charge

A 34-year-old man was arraigned in Magistrate’s Court yesterday over allegations he sexually assaulted a minor last month. Peterson Louis appeared before Magistrate Andrew Forbes charged with one count of unlawful sexual intercourse after he was accu

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Man fined $500 for helping out his great grandfather

A man who claimed he violated the weekend lockdown because he had to get water to clean his great grandfather’s bathroom floor was fined $500 yesterday. He was among several people who appeared before Magistrate Andrew Forbes for curfew and lockdown

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Galleria’s boss told: ‘hand over royalties’

Galleria Cinemas' principal has been ordered to pay "all outstanding royalty fees" over a failed restaurant venture that a Supreme Court judge branded "an abject failure" and "a bust".

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Woman charged with assaulting officer, resisting arrest

A 29-year-old woman charged with assaulting an officer and resisting arrest was granted $2,000 bail. Her trial is set for June 17.

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Man charged with burglary, stealing and receiving

A 27-year-old man, accused of breaking into a woman’s house and robbing her earlier this month, was remanded to prison on Friday.

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Judge brands realtor 'stranger to the truth'

A Supreme Court judge has branded a realtor “a stranger to the truth” after finding he sold the same land to two different buyers - Sir Franklyn Wilson and a Bahamian retail entrepreneur. Justice Indra Charles, in an April 17 ruling, said Anthony Ra

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Abaco man denies indecent exposure

AN Abaco man yesterday denied allegations of exposing himself to two underaged girls. Levardo Cornish, 30, appeared before Magistrate Samuel McKinney charged with two counts of indecent exposure. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and the matter wa

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Friends found guilty of breaking lockdown rules

A GROUP of friends who claimed they were outside their homes during curfew because they were trying to get something to eat from Wendy’s were fined yesterday. They were among several people who were charged with curfew or lockdown infractions. Many

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Teenager sees his curfew charges dismissed

A teenager was charged in Magistrate’s Court yesterday, accused of selling alcohol in breach of the COVID-19 emergency orders. Sheedenson Altidor, 18, appeared before Senior Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis charged with operating a non-essential busin

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Man accused of threatening to kill his wife

AN Eleuthera man was remanded to prison yesterday after he was accused of threatening to kill his wife last Friday. Ezra Mackey, 35, appeared before Senior Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis charged with one count of making death threats and of causing

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$250 cup of tea for man who violated curfew

A MAN who claimed he violated the national curfew because he was looking for a friend he had sent out to buy “sour” so he could make a cup of tea was fined $250 yesterday. He was among several people who appeared before Senior Magistrate Derence Rol

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Told to pay $600 for officer assault

A 20-year-old man was ordered to pay $600 or face two months in prison after he assaulted a police officer last month. Anderson Domalien appeared before Senior Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis charged with assaulting a police officer, using obscene la

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Two years in prison for stealing from tailor's shop

A 28-year-old man was sentenced to two years in prison for breaking into a tailor’s shop and stealing over $2,000 worth of goods while the national curfew was in effect. Cardinal Bowe appeared before Senior Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis charged wit

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32-year-old man fined $500 for deceiving police

A 32-year-old man who attempted to evade arrest by giving police his brother’s name was charged with deceiving a public officer in Magistrate’s Court yesterday. Vincent Pennerman appeared before Senior Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis after he gave po

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Teenagers charged after failing to enrol at school

TWO teenagers who are not enrolled in school were yesterday charged with violating the emergency lockdown. The teens — who are 15 and 16 — were among several people who appeared before Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis for curfew and lockdown infractio

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Four Dominicans charged with curfew offences

FOUR Dominican men, two of whom had expired work permits, were charged in Magistrate’s Court yesterday with violating the weekend lockdown. They were among several people who appeared before Senior Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis for lockdown infract

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Five charged with violating curfew

FIVE men were charged in the Magistrate’s Court on Friday with violating the national curfew and the five-day lockdown recently implemented by Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis.

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Man fined $1,000 after Lowes theft

A 54-year-old man convicted of stealing and receiving stolen goods was fined $1,000 on Friday.

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Fined for going to get snacks during curfew

A 28-year-old man, who told police he left home to get a drink and a few snacks, was fined $400 yesterday for violating the recent five-day lockdown.Mikin Michel was among several people who appeared before Magistrate Ambrose Armbrister yesterday for

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Two accused over videos

A MAN and a woman were arraigned in Magistrate’s Court yesterday in connection with videos posted on social media of the two allegedly threatening to rob people due to COVID-19 restrictions in the country. Marque Beckford Jr, 27, and Ra’Queisha McPh

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$1,000 fine for dangerous drugs

A 27-year-old man convicted of possession of dangerous drugs with intent to supply was sentenced to nine months in prison and fined $1,000 yesterday.Shaquille Woodside, appearing before Magistrate Ambrose Armbrister yesterday, pleaded guilty to posse

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Four charged with various drug offences

TWO teenagers and two men were charged with drug possession in separate incidents in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday. Rashaun Mackey, 19, and a 17-year-old male appeared before Magistrate Sandradee Gardiner charged with possession of Indian Hemp wi

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Stretching his legs costs 71-year-old man $400

AN elderly man who told police he went outside to stretch his legs was fined $400 yesterday for violating the recent five-day lockdown.He was among several people who appeared before Magistrate Sandradee Gardiner for curfew and lockdown infractions.C

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Man denies girlfriend assault

A 28-year-old man yesterday denied allegations of assaulting his girlfriend with a deadly weapon earlier this month.

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$1,700 fine or prison for marijuana possession

A 39-year-old was ordered to pay a $1,700 fine or face five months in prison after he pleaded guilty to possessing more than two ounces of weed.

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Court deals with lockdown and curfew violations

A MEXICAN man who claimed he violated the national curfew one morning last month because he was looking for snacks and water was fined $650 yesterday.

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Several plead guilty to violating curfew

SEVERAL people were ordered to pay a $500 fine or face three months in prison after they pleaded guilty to violating the national curfew or the weekend lockdown recently implemented by Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis.

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Man charged with death threats

A 23-year-old man was yesterday ordered to pay a $1,000 fine or face six months in prison after threatening to kill a woman whose car hit his car.

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Mother and daughter charged with causing harm

A MOTHER and daughter were charged on Wednesday with damaging their neighbour’s car and assaulting another neighbour with a golf club.

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Man charged with robbing two men at gunpoint

A 21-year-old man was remanded to prison on Wednesday after he was charged with holding two men at gunpoint and robbing them of over $1,000 worth of stolen goods last month.

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Fined for buying chicken wings during lockdown

THREE women who claimed they violated the weekend lockdown on Saturday afternoon to buy chicken wings were fined $250 yesterday.

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Court deals with curfew violation charges

SEVERAL people appeared in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday, charged with violating the national curfew and the weekend lockdown recently implemented by Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis.

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Man fined $7,000 for dealing in marijuana

A man was ordered to pay $7,000 or face two years in prison after he pleaded guilty to drug possession in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

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Man charged with attempted murder, violating curfew

A MAN was arraigned at the Magistrate Court on Friday for attempted murder and violating curfew.

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Judges quash 35-year murder conviction

THE Court of Appeal yesterday overturned the 35-year murder sentence of a man who was accused of shooting another man in the face at a bar in 2014, after he challenged the trial judge’s decision on the basis of “material irregularities and the judge’s decision to reject his no case submission.”

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Six charged over curfew

SIX people were arraigned yesterday for violating the national curfew, including a man who police allege slapped a woman in their presence. Nathan Mareu was charged with violating the national curfew after he was found in the Marathon Road area Wedn

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16-year-old on gun charge

A juvenile was charged in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court yesterday with possession of an unlicensed firearm and violation of curfew.The 16-year-old male appeared before Magistrate Charlton Smith in Court, where he was not required to enter a plea to

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Jamaican fined $10,000 over drugs

A JAMAICAN man was fined $10,000 after he pleaded guilty to drug possession. Winston Watson, 46, was initially charged alongside nine others: Leigh Roy Carter, 33; Ewart Irving, 53; Giovanni Depass, 37; Junior Anthony, 32; Sheldon Gayle, 37; Lionel

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Dozen charged with violating the curfew

A DOZEN people appeared before Magistrate Andrew Forbes yesterday charged with violating the national curfew.

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Two men fined $300 for violating curfew

TWO men charged with violating the national curfew have been ordered to pay a $300 fine or face 10 days in prison.

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Three in court for violating curfew

THREE men were arraigned in Grand Bahama yesterday for violating the national curfew. Police said all three men pleaded guilty.

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Court of Appeal orders retrial over incest case

THE Court of Appeal has ruled that a man previously sentenced to 25 years in prison for incest be retried due to misdirection given to the jury by the trial judge. In a recently delivered written ruling, three appellate judges said the trial judge e

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Freeport man, 28, on murder charge

A 28-year-old Freeport man was charged with murder in the Eight Mile Rock Magistrate’s Court yesterday. Claude Valsaint, of No 6 Maxim Court, appeared before Magistrate’s Gwendolyn Claude. It is alleged that on March 12, at Eight Mile Rock, the accu

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Goodman 'Marco' appeal adjourned

THE Court of Appeal hearing where Kofhe Goodman was expected to challenge his murder conviction has been adjourned to June 2. Yesterday, Goodman appeared before the appellate tribunal of Justices Jon Isaacs, Roy Jones and Sir Michael Barnett, five m

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Three men charged with shop breaking

THREE men were charged with shop breaking and possession of an unlicenced firearm in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court yesterday. Dexter Carter, 48, and Renard Fulford, 34, both of Eight Mile Rock, and Raymond Brown, 38, of Sapodilla Road, appeared be

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Driver denies killing pedestrian, aged 67

A MAN was yesterday granted bail in Magistrate’s Court after denying allegations of killing a pedestrian while driving.

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Man charged with punching former girlfriend

A 30-year-old man was charged in Magistrate’s Court on Friday with punching his former girlfriend in the face.

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Jamaican man pleads guilty to overstaying spousal permit

A JAMAICAN man was charged in the Magistrate’s Court on Friday for overstaying his spousal permit by two years.

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Doctor tells how survivor sustained injuries

TESTIMONY continued in the Fox Hill mass shooting trial yesterday, with a medical expert revealing that one of the survivors sustained injuries to their left upper back and right forearm. Dr Crystal Wells, taking the witness stand before Justice Deb

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Families file lawsuits over Dorian insurance payouts

LAWSUITS have been filed against insurance companies in Freeport over their alleged failure to make proper payment for insurance claims filed over property damage associated with Hurricane Dorian.

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Nigerian denies using fake documents to enter country

A NIGERIAN man appeared in court yesterday accused of attempting to enter the country with a fake visa. Oluwaseun Akinkunmi, 25, appeared before Magistrate Andrew Forbes charged with being found in possession of a forged document and unlawful use of

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Haitian man on underage sex charge

A HAITIAN man was remanded to prison yesterday over allegations he had sex with underage girls. Leslie Petit-Frere appeared before Magistrate Andrew Forbes charged with three counts of unlawful sexual intercourse. It is alleged that Petit-Frere rap

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Man tells jury how he was shot in his face

A MAN yesterday described the moment he was shot in the face and shoulder while awaiting Junkanoo results at Freedom Park during the 2013 Fox Hill mass shooting.Taking the witness stand before Justice Deborah Fraser yesterday, Chino Davis told the co

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Freeport pair charged with shopbreaking and stealing

TWO Freeport men were charged with shopbreaking and stealing in Freeport Magistrates’ Court yesterday. Carlton Symonette, 44, of Pioneers Way, and Stork Benis, 49, of Jack Fish Drive, appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Debbye Ferguson on nine c

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Court hears how woman carried child to safety during Fox Hill shooting

A WOMAN on Friday recalled the moment when she ran and carried her child to safety shortly after gunmen opened fire at Freedom Park during the 2013 Fox Hill mass shooting.

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Grand Bahama men charged – one with murder, one with attempted murder

TWO men were charged in the Eight Mile Rock Magistrate’s Court on Thursday – one for murder and the other for attempted murder.

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Pathologist testifies in Fox Hill shooting trial

A FORENSIC pathologist yesterday testified how she signed the death certificates of four victims who were killed during the 2013 mass shooting in Fox Hill.Dr Caryn Sands, taking the witness stand before Justice Deborah Fraser yesterday afternoon, sai

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Doctor tells Fox Hill shooting case of treating victim

A MEDICAL expert yesterday recounted the moment he examined one of the survivors of the 2013 Fox Hill mass shooting and how he gave treatment to prevent further loss of blood from the victim’s neck, shoulder and mouth. Dr Sergio Kerr, taking the wit

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Medic: Fox Hill shooting victim lucky to survive

A MEDICAL expert yesterday testified how one of the survivors of the 2013 Fox Hill mass shooting could have died from what he believed were “life-threatening” injuries if medical treatment had not been provided.Dr Justin Albury, taking the witness st

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'I tried to evade a hail of bullets but was shot twice'

A MAN told a court yesterday how he tried to evade a hail of bullets only to be shot twice during the 2013 Fox Hill mass shooting.Leroy Taylor said he first thought the gunfire was the sound of firecrackers, and only realised the sounds were bullets

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20 years for man haunted by decision to go back and kill

A man was sentenced to two decades in prison yesterday for killing a man because the deceased threatened him and accused him of seeing his girlfriend three years ago. Justice Cheryl Grant-Thompson sentenced Christopher McQueen to 20 years and two mo

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DNA evidence helps overturn rape conviction

DEFICIENCIES in the DNA evidence against a man previously convicted of raping a woman at gunpoint after burglarising her West Bay Street home led to his conviction being overturned, the Court of Appeal has said. The appellate court said the reason w

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Two charged with separate murders

TWO men were charged in a magistrate’s court yesterday over allegations they are behind two of the country’s most recent murders. Javardo Adderley and Berlin Belfort, were charged before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt in connection with two

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Sister denies she knows the Fox Hill shooters

A woman yesterday denied a defence attorney’s assertions that she knows who the perpetrator of the 2013 Fox Hill mass shooting really is but is afraid to call his name because of his notoriety as a member of a “dope gang” in the community.Euphemia Da

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Pair deny failing to report child abuse

TWO people yesterday denied allegations allegations they failed to report suspected child abuse. Daryl Rolle and Kime Rolle both denied claims they did not report suspected child abuse when arraigned before Senior Magistrate Carolyn Vogt-Evans. Giv

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Gaming Board’s redundancy fail ‘mind boggling’ - judge

A Supreme Court judge has slammed the Gaming Board’s failure to follow “clearly set out” employment law procedures when it dismissed 24 staff as “mind boggling”.

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Teens charged with robbing 90-year-old

TWO Bahamian teenagers were remanded to prison Friday after they were arraigned in a Magistrate’s Court for allegedly robbing a 90-year-old man of $500.

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Final chance for woman to appeal murder conviction

A WOMAN who was convicted of conspiring to have her friend killed has been granted one last chance to overturn her 35-year sentence for the crime. The Court of Appeal granted Caryn Moss leave to petition the London-based Privy Council in a bid to ha

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QC’s account closures cost Scotiabank $10k

A Bahamian QC has won $10,000 in damages from Scotiabank (Bahamas) after it abruptly closed his law firm’s bank accounts without giving any warning.

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I saw blood oozing from man's ear, says woman whose two brothers were killed

A WOMAN yesterday described how she had to seek professional help to get over seeing blood oozing out of a man’s ears “like water” moments after his body was sprayed with bullets during the 2013 Fox Hill mass shooting.Euphemia Davis said she had to u

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Bail for principal accused of indecent assault

THE principal of a Christian school has been granted bail ahead of his trial over allegations he indecently assaulted one of his former female students last month. Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt granted Thomas Whitfield Nottage $3,500 bail w

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Jamaican accused of murdering Jamal Russell

A 19-year-old Jamaican was charged with murder in Freeport yesterday. Damaine Donovan Sterling, of Cherry Corner, Poineer’s Loop, appeared before Magistrate Rengin Johnson in Court Three. He was represented by K Brian Hanna. A group of people stood

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Pair charged with illegal firearm possession

TWO young men were charged with illegal firearm and ammunition possession in the Freeport Magistrates’ Court yesterday. Keiano Bethel, 20, of Independence Drive, Heritage Subdivision, and Geovano Oliver, 21, of Sandilands Circle, Yoeman’s Wood, appe

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Court ruling on 24 jobs delights former Gaming Board workers

A SUPREME Court ruling ordering the reinstatement of 24 workers from the Gaming Board has excited people like Meresha Walkes, a 46-year-old woman who was forced to find a new home and create a different lifestyle when she was fired from the board in

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Lawyer tells court her car was used at Fox Hill shootings

A TAX lawyer testified yesterday how her car was stolen while she was at work and was allegedly used by suspects to execute the 2013 Fox Hill mass shooting.Erica Culmer-Curry said her charcoal grey Honda was stolen out of her employer’s parking lot j

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Mother tells court: ‘Oh Lord - I got shot’

A retired woman yesterday described the moment she was shot in the chest and leg from a hail of bullets while waiting for Junkanoo results at Freedom Park during the 2013 Fox Hill mass shooting.

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Rape conviction dismissed after STD tests are different

THE Court of Appeal has freed a man previously convicted of raping an underage girl primarily because she tested positive for a sexually transmitted disease while he did not. The appellate court quashed Rukeithso Richardson’s 14-year sentence for hav

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Man tells court he found stepson in pool of blood

A MAN told the court on Friday of how he heard what sounded like “firecrackers” going off at the nearby Freedom Park, only to end up finding his stepson lying in a pool of blood at the Fox Hill recreation grounds seven years ago.

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Man admits stabbing alleged sex offender to death in bar

A man admitted yesterday to stabbing an alleged sex offender at a bar following an altercation nearly two years ago. Dino Pinto denied murdering Jeremy Petit-Frere on September 8, 2018, but instead pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter

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Man on bail for murder jailed for owning gun

A MAN previously on bail for murder was sentenced to over two years in prison yesterday after being caught with a loaded gun in his home two days ago. Magistrate Samuel McKinney sentenced Andre Thompson to two-and-a-half years in prison for being ca

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20-year-old remanded over 'karaoke king' attack

A 20-year-old man was remanded to prison yesterday for trying to kill Bahamian entertainer Demetrius Smith in the course of an armed robbery on Sunday. Rasheed Watson was charged before magistrate Samuel McKinney on one count each of attempted murder

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Reserve policeman jailed for assault on teenage girl

RESERVE Sergeant Dwayne Decosta was sentenced to six months in prison yesterday for abducting and assaulting a teenage girl at a police station two years ago. Justice Cheryl Grant-Thompson sentenced the 56-year-old convict to six months behind bars

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Last chance to appeal jail sentence

A man currently serving half a century in prison for seducing a Burger King manager in an unsuccessful bid to rob the restaurant before stabbing the man to death will have one last chance at overturning his sentence next month. Simeon Bain is seekin

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The accused didn't call for help, didn't go to the police - they went for drinks, claims attorney who says they should be found guilty of murder

A prosecutor yesterday urged jurors to convict two women accused of murdering teenage mother Breanna Mackey two years ago, asserting the pair valued rolling with their “crew” above distancing themselves from the girl’s attackers.Attorney Cassie Bethe

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Lawyer urges jurors to clear man of Valentine's Day killing

THE lawyer for a man accused of killing his godmother on Valentine's Day three years ago in Grand Bahama urged jurors not to convict him, saying police investigations were not thorough.

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Prison officer denies making fake sick claims

A prison officer was remanded to his place of employment yesterday after denying allegations he defrauded the government of over $2,000 via a fake sick slip scheme three years ago. Alexander Cortez Burrows entered not guilty pleas to allegations he

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Officer sues over Exuma assault case

THE senior police officer who allegedly punched two women in an incident in Exuma that went viral on social media last year is suing the government for “unlawfully” interdicting him for offences he claims he did not commit.

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Crime scene may have been tampered with after Fox Hill mass shootings, court is told

THE attorney for one of three men charged in connection with the 2013 Fox Hill mass shooting yesterday asserted that the scene of the crime was tampered with before investigators could process it. Geoffrey Farquharson, attorney for Justin Williams,

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Accused can't explain how DNA was found near victim's home

DWYANE Belizaire yesterday vehemently denied murdering his godmother but could not explain how his DNA was found under her fingernails and inside a condom police found in bushes behind the the victim’s home. Belizaire, 33, took the stand yesterday m

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Fake lawyer reprimanded for claims based on ‘dishonesty’

THE Court of Appeal has chastised a fake attorney for asking it to dismiss the Bahamas Bar Council’s attempts to overturn a judge’s order that he be given legal credentials, when that very order was based on his own “dishonesty”.

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Man charged in connection with police involved shooting

A 26-year-old man was remanded to prison on Thursday in connection with a police involved shooting last year.

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Pair accused of stealing $233,000 from ATM outlets

A 30-year-old security guard was remanded to prison yesterday after denying allegations he used his job to steal $233,000 from multiple ATM machines over the last four months.Travis Seymour denied stealing $233,100 from five First Caribbean Internati

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Prison officer denies making fake sick claims

A prison officer was remanded to his place of employment yesterday after denying allegations he defrauded the government of over $2,000 via a fake sick slip scheme three years ago. Alexander Cortez Burrows entered not guilty pleas to allegations he

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Trio accused of stealing

THREE men were charged in Freeport’s Magistrates Court yesterday for stealing. Jermaine Moxey, 43, of Watlins Road; Demri Charlton, 33, of Spoonhill Loop; and John Williams, 40, of Bass Lane were arraigned before Magistrate Charlton Smith on five c

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Lawyers fight over documents disclosure

ATTORNEYS representing the government in a judicial review centred on shanty town demolition have insisted the state “has nothing to hide” while asking the court to deny a request for numerous documents to be submitted, including those that could expose sensitive Cabinet discussions.

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Man denies throwing hot liquid on woman

A 43-year-old man yesterday denied allegations he put a woman in hospital after throwing a hot liquid on her after they got into an argument earlier this month. Ricardo Cartwright denied causing grievous harm to Sanovia Johnson Cartwright on January

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Policeman describes finding dead body of one of four killed

A senior police officer yesterday described encountering the dead body of one of four people killed during the Fox Hill mass shooting moments after the incident occurred seven years ago. Inspector Lavardo Sherman testified about encountering the lif

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Leniency plea - for 107lbs of marijuana

AN attorney was unsuccessful in her bid yesterday to have a magistrate impose a lighter sentence for drug possession on her Jamaican client because of the prime minister’s stance on decriminalising small amounts of marijuana.

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Murder accused says his bruises were caused by 'lovemaking' and basketball

The man accused of murdering a middle-aged woman on Valentine’s Day three years ago at Seagrape, Eight Mile Rock, had told the lead police investigator that the bruises and abrasions on his body were caused from “lovemaking” with his girlfriend and w

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Former cop fails to overturn extradition order in sex case

THE Court of Appeal has foiled a former police officer’s hopes of having the country’s highest court overturn its order for him to be extradited to the United States to stand trial for allegedly sexually assaulting his ex-girlfriend.The appellate cou

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Attempted murder charge

A man was charged with attempted murder and firearm possession in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court yesterday. Nigel Forbes, 42, of No 16 Bradfield Lane, was charged with attempted murder and three counts of possession of a firearm with intent to put

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Two men remanded on unlawful sex charges

TWO men were remanded to prison yesterday over allegations they each had sex with a teenaged girl.

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Double rapist loses bid to overturn 14-year sentence

A DOUBLE rapist has lost in his bid to have the country’s highest court overturn a lower court’s decision to dismiss his appeal of one of his sentences without hearing the matter first. The Privy Council, in a written ruling, set aside Melvin Saunde

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Nygard in two new sex writs

CANADIAN fashion mogul Peter Nygard is facing two separate lawsuits after being accused of sexual assault.

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21-year-old on murder charge

A 21-year-old man was charged yesterday with murdering another man in the Carmichael Road area last week.Jermaine Griffin was charged before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt with murdering Jacquelin Francois on January 13.According to police, s

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Ballpoint pen killer loses sentence appeal

A man has failed at his bid to have the Court of Appeal overturn his near decade-long sentence for stabbing another man to death with a ballpoint pen 13 years ago. The Court of Appeal dismissed France Louis’ appeal of his nine-year sentence for kill

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Third man faces Coconut Grove murder charge

A THIRD man has been charged with murdering a 23-year-old man in the Coconut Grove community last year. Stephon Davis, of Ridgeland Park, was charged before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt with murdering Keion Butler on August 13. Davis’ arr

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Killer withdraws appeal against sentence

A MAN has withdrawn his appeal against his near 20-year sentence for the role he played in killing three people, including a pregnant woman due to give birth to her son, nine years ago. Timothy Saunders withdrew his appeal yesterday against his 18-y

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PM’s brother and lawyer both deny harm claim

CYRIL “Boxer” Minnis, the brother of Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis, and lawyer Tiffany Dennison were both formally charged in the Freeport Magistrates Court in connection with an incident which occurred at the Registrar General’s Office in Grand Bahama.

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Court sees video of prosecutor charging towards defendent

SURVEILLANCE footage played in court showed a prosecutor angrily advancing towards a young man he claimed had told others to shoot and stab him because of his role in having one of the man’s friends convicted of a crime.The footage played before magi

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Man accused of killing bar owner gets bail

THE man accused of murdering Via Caffe owner Albert Rahming nearly four years ago has been granted bail ahead of his trial.

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More than 100 complaints against attorneys

THE Bahamas Bar Association’s Ethics Committee received over 100 complaints against attorneys in 2019, its president Kahlil Parker said yesterday. Mr Parker, speaking during the opening of the 2020 legal year, said the Bar Association’s ethics commi

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Crown seeks killer’s execution

THE Crown is seeking the death penalty for a 24-year-old Rastafarian man who killed a teenager in his Woods Alley neighbourhood as part of gang warfare three years ago.

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72-year-old in court on charges of assaulting girl, aged 3

A 72-year-old man has been charged with assaulting a girl seven times his junior. Thomas Deal, who celebrates his 73rd birthday in May, is accused of indecently assaulting a three-year-old child. Deal pleaded not guilty to the charge when arraigned

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‘Pay $1,500 for beating girlfriend’

A MAN was yesterday ordered to pay his ex-girlfriend over $1,000 for beating her up last year.

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29-year-old remanded over Chinese restaurant robbery charges

A 29-year-old man was remanded to prison yesterday over allegations he robbed a local Chinese restaurant at gunpoint of almost $1,000 last week. Davidson Charles, of Thompson Lane, stood before Magistrate Samuel McKinney on armed robbery and receivi

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PM’s brother in assault summons

CYRIL “Boxer” Minnis, the brother of Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis, has been summonsed to appear in Magistrate’s Court with a woman with whom he had a recent argument.

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Grand Bahama trio deny shop breaking charges

THREE men were charged in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court last week with several offences, including shopbreaking, stealing and causing damage. Leonardo Hall, 22, and Ken Barrington Webb, 21, both of Hunters, and Warren Tracey Taylor, 21, of Pinder’

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Jury says Disney should pay worker $4m after Bahamas car accident

A Florida jury has decided that a Disney Cruise Line worker deserves $4m from the company based on her claim that she received inadequate medical care from ship doctors after she was hit by a car during a port of call.The Brevard County jury earlier

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Man accused of helping in killing granted bail

A MAN charged with helping another man kill a teenaged father last year has been granted bail ahead of his trial by the Court of Appeal.

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‘Please forgive me for killing your son’

A 25-year-old man yesterday apologised to the family of a man he shot to death three years ago, asserting that he wishes he was the one who was killed because he has been tormented by his actions ever since.

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‘I couldn’t miss mum’s Christmas dinner’

A 43-YEAR OLD man who escaped police custody on Christmas Day told his lawyer he just wanted to spend Christmas with his mother and family.

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Haitian man on passport charges

A HAITIAN man was charged with 18 counts of fraud yesterday for obtaining a valid Bahamian passport using forged documents.

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25-year-old accused of stealing from Mr Ship It

A MAN was arraigned in Magistrate’s Court yesterday, accused of stealing more than $14,000 from his employer, Mr Ship It. Lavaughn Cooper, 25, pleaded not guilty after Magistrate Andrew Forbes read out the 14 counts of stealing by reason of employme

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Nygard to escape prison sentence

CANADIAN fashion mogul Peter Nygard’s three -month prison sentence for publishing sensitive emails stolen from a local advocacy group has been stayed out of fairness to allow him to appeal his conviction.

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One of two accused of murder granted bail

ONE of two men allegedly behind the country’s second murder of the year has been granted bail ahead of his 2021 trial.

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‘Exclude Abaco shanty towns from injunction’

THE government is seeking to have Abaco’s five shanty towns removed as beneficiaries of a standing injunction prohibiting it from eradicating unregulated communities throughout The Bahamas.

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Man accused of murder granted bail

A 27-year-old man charged with gunning another man down two years ago has been granted bail ahead of his trial. Justice Cheryl Grant-Thompson granted Edlin Severe $20,000 with two sureties ahead of his trial over allegations he killed Marco Neely on

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Man sentenced to ten years for stabbing wife

A 58-year-old man was sentenced yesterday to just over a decade in prison for stabbing his wife multiple times during a domestic dispute at their house last year. Justice Cheryl Grant-Thompson sentenced Wilfred Armbrister to 11 years behind bars for

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Haitian captain has smuggling sentence cut

THE captain of a Haitian sloop used to smuggle over $100,000 pounds of cocaine into the country last year has had his prison sentence shortened on appeal. Terry Nacius will now serve three years in prison instead of the five years he was sentenced t

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Death crash drivers face 15 years jail

PRISON time of up to 15 years has been proposed for a new offence of vehicular manslaughter by reckless driving in a bid to toughen the Road Traffic Act.

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Robber blames sins of his relatives for breaking law

A 40-year-old man sentenced to over a decade in prison yesterday for robbing two food stores at gunpoint earlier this year attributed his criminal actions to a “generational curse” caused by incest in his family. Tyrone Minnis, upon receiving from J

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Man admits arson

A male resident of West End was charged with arson in the Eight Mile Rock Magistrate’s Court on Monday. Michael David Russell, 51, of Bank Lane, appeared before Magistrate Gwendolyn Claude, and pleaded guilty to the charge of arson in connection wit

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Man cleared of robbing Domino's employee of car, cash and phone

A MAN has been cleared of allegations that he robbed a Domino's Pizza employee of her car, cash and cellphone while she was making a delivery eight years ago.

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Mother denies neglect after son is shot while playing with gun

A 32-year-old woman denied allegations yesterday that her neglect led to her son being shot with a gun that accidentally went off as the boy and another child were playing with it. Kara Johnson, of Romer Street, Fox Hill, entered a not guilty plea t

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Three remanded on charges of armed robbery

THREE employees of a solid-waste management company were remanded to prison yesterday over allegations they robbed a local wholesale agency at gunpoint of over $60,000 worth of cigarettes and one of the company’s delivery trucks last week. Remardo B

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Juvenile has his murder conviction overturned

A MAN previously accused of being an accomplice to murder when he was a teenager seven years ago has been freed on appeal.The appellate court quashed the 35-year sentence Glenardo Johnson was serving in connection to the murder of Owen “Pappi” Rose S

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Fox tries to end US legal action

An Island Luck co-founder is urging the New York federal courts to dismiss the US government's near decade-old human smuggling charges against him because his "rights" are being violated.

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Case discontinued over woman's shooting

THE Crown has discontinued proceedings against a 24-year-old man alleged to have tried to kill a woman eight months ago, his attorney has said.

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Price of a life - $11k fine and year in jail: Family’s anger at drunk driver who fled crash

A WOMAN tearfully criticised a 50-year-old pilot for not only hitting and killing her father in an unlicenced vehicle while high and drunk two months ago, but fleeing the scene after the accident.

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Convicted murderer in bid to rehear case

A MURDER convict who notoriously escaped from a police bus and prompted an island-wide manhunt three years ago is seeking to have the very same court that dismissed his appeal rehear the matter.Ormand Leon, through his attorney Geoffrey Farquharson,

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BOB IT manager's conviction for $21k client theft upheld

A former Bank of The Bahamas information technology (IT) manager yesterday failed to overturn his conviction for stealing $21,000 from customer accounts in early 2015.The Court of Appeal, upholding the Magistrate’s Court verdict against Renrick Bowe,

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Muslim takes police fight to Privy Council

A FORMER police constable has vowed to fight the government all the way to the Privy Council to get justice for being fired from the Royal Bahamas Police Force because of his unwillingness to compromise a key component of his Muslim faith.Bertram Bai

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Man found not guilty on two murder counts

RENALDO Hudson walked out of the Supreme Court a free man yesterday and pledged to lead a “productive life” after a jury found him not guilty of two counts of murder, attempted murder and armed robbery. “First of all, I got to say God is good,” said

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Retrial ordered for pastor accused of fondling boy

THE Court of Appeal has ordered a retrial in the case of a pastor who allegedly gave a teenage boy alcohol and fondled him. Arsenio Butler was initially charged in 2014 with indecent assault and child cruelty, the latter charge he shared with co-acc

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Court reserves decision on nightclub death

THE Court of Appeal is currently considering whether to accede to two convicts’ claims that they didn’t murder another man execution style after beating him up outside of a New Providence nightclub five years ago. Appellate Justices Jon Isaacs, Roy

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Man accused of attempted murder

A GRAND Bahama man has been charged in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court with attempted murder. Cadwell Cooper, 22, of Beaconsfield Avenue, appeared before Magistrate Rengin Johnson in Court Three on Wednesday and charged with two counts of attempted

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Bahamian charged with aiding Haitian migrants

Bahamian man and two Haitians who were intercepted at sea in Bahamian waters by the US Coast Guard were charged in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday. Destry Fox, a 55-year-old Bahamian, appeared before Magistrate Charlton Smith in Court Two

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Man, 20, faces murder charge

FOUR men appeared in Magistrate’s Court yesterday to face separate murder and attempted murder charges. In the first arraignment, Marquin Williams, 20, of Willow Tree Avenue, stood before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt accused of intentionall

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Swiss man charged with possession of dangerous drugs

A SWISS man was charged in the Magistrate’s court on Friday with possession of 7.4 pounds of dangerous drugs.

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Eight Mile Rock man charged with rape

AN Eight Mile Rock man was charged with rape in the Freeport Magistrate Court on Friday.

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Shane Gibson trial due to resume today

THE Shane Gibson bribery trial is expected to resume today after a couple of days of legal submissions in the absence of a jury.

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Dominican poachers fined for 3,000 pounds of fish

THE 17 Dominican poachers caught plundering Bahamian waters of nearly 3,000 pounds of fisheries last week were fined for their actions yesterday afternoon. Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt fined the 17 poachers $23,000 in total for raiding the

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Dominican poachers beg court for mercy

NEARLY 20 Dominican poachers admitted yesterday to plundering Bahamian waters of nearly 3,000 pounds worth of fisheries last week.

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Open verdict in cement mixer death

A JURY could not decide whether a man’s death from having his legs mangled in a cement mixer last year was an accident or otherwise.

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Harbour Island project boss sues for $1m

A bitter $1m legal battle has erupted between the developer of a controversial Harbour Island marina and its former project manager who has a history of convictions and run-ins with law enforcement.

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Nygard - ‘jail him for nine months’

A SAVE the Bays lawyer argued yesterday that Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard should spend nine months in prison for his latest contempt of court conviction. Justice Ruth Bowe Darville is expected to rule on that today.

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DPP African lawyers can’t work in courts

TWO Africans hired to top positions at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions have been denied admission to the Bahamian Bar, preventing them from arguing cases in court.

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Marco Archer murder appeal set for March

KOFHE Goodman, convicted of the murder of 11-year-old Marco Archer, will have his appeal against that conviction heard on March 18, 2020. The date was set during a status hearing at the Court of Appeal yesterday. Last month, the prosecution withdre

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Judges uphold 50-year sentence for murder

THE Court of Appeal has dismissed a man’s appeal of his 50-year sentence for murdering a Cash for Gold employee during the course of an armed robbery in Grand Bahama six years ago. Appellate justices Jon Isaacs, Stella Crane-Scott and Milton Evans u

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Woman facing fake cheques charges remanded to prison

A 21-year-old woman was ordered to be remanded to prison on Friday accused of being caught with over $8,000 worth of fake bank cheques drawn on a local cable provider's account.

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Nine fined for entering illegally or overstaying

NINE Haitians were collectively fined more than $4,000 by a senior magistrate yesterday for either illegally entering or overstaying their time in The Bahamas. Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes fined Sonson Pierre, Wilmonde Fils-Aime, Altema Dor

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Haitian pair deny passport fraud

TWO Haitian men yesterday denied allegations that they hoodwinked their government into giving them Haitian passports, which police claim they both used in a bid to gain legal status in The Bahamas. John Doe aka “Ricardo Phillips”, and Joel Ceus aka

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Pharmacists lose licence renew bid

Twelve pharmacists have seen their bid for an injunction to force the industry’s self-regulatory body to renew their licences rejected by a Court of Appeal judge. Appeal justice Roy Jones turned down their application on the grounds that the Bahamas

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35 years for attempting to murder three men

ACTING Supreme Court Chief Justice Estelle Gray-Evans yesterday sentenced Doyle Mackey to 35 years in prison for the attempted murders of three men at a cemetery in East Grand Bahama three years ago.The judge noted that Mackey - who admitted to being

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Bodybuilder death trial lined up for next month

A 44-year-old woman is expected to stand trial next month over allegations she murdered her 70-year-old bodybuilder boyfriend. Tracey Pratt, of Miller’s Heights, will stand trial before Justice Cheryl Grant-Thompson on December 2 over Paul Melbourne’

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Convict facing 40 years for attempted murder of three

A Crown Prosecutor is seeking 40 years’ imprisonment for convict Doyle Mackey for the attempted murder of three men at a public cemetery in East Grand Bahama three years ago when two brothers were also shot dead. Erica Kemp, senior Crown counsel in t

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Double rapist bids to overturn decision to dismiss his appeal

A double rapist is seeking to have the Privy Council overturn a lower court’s decision to dismiss his appeal of one of his sentences without it hearing the matter.Melvin Saunders has petitioned the London-based tribunal in a bid to prove the appellat

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Teachers' union heading to court over govt 'failure'

THE Bahamas Union of Teachers and the government are set to battle in court today over the latter’s alleged “failure” to resolve ongoing health and safety issues at two schools, with the union’s attorney warning: “This is not a game”.Kahlil Parker to

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WSC union $5m claim ends with $15k award

A trade union’s bid to secure nearly $5m in damages from the Water & Sewerage Corporation for violating their industrial agreement has been rejected by a Supreme Court judge.

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Decision to discharge pair of criminal charges remains 'undisturbed'

THE Court of Appeal has dashed the Crown's hopes of overturning a magistrate's decision to discharge a Haitian woman and her brother of criminal charges.

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Pharmacists granted leave to join colleague's appeal

TWELVE local pharmacists have been granted leave to join their colleague’s appeal of a Supreme Court judge’s decision to not compel the Bahamas Pharmacy Council to renew her licence.

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Deportation for Renew’s ex-boss Cox

FORMER Renew Bahamas CEO Michael Cox and his uncle Maurice were collectively fined $6,000 yesterday for working at a local scrapyard without valid work permits late last year. Senior Magistrate Carolyn Vogt-Evans fined both United Kingdom natives $3,000 after convicting them for illegally engaging in gainful employment in October 2018.

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Judge orders new NIB strike vote to be held

A NEW strike vote will be held by National Insurance Board workers tomorrow after a Supreme Court judge yesterday overturned Director of Labour John Pinder’s decision to invalidate a previous vote.

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Breanna slipped twice - then they attacked

A 14-year-old boy yesterday testified how a car full of girls nearly ran him over in their haste to ultimately stab and beat to death teenage mother Breanna Mackey over an $80 cell phone last year.

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THEY RAN BREANNA DOWN LIKE ANIMALS: Sister tells court how gang stabbed teen over $80 cellphone

THE older sister of teenage mother Breanna Mackey tearfully recounted yesterday how five girls who were supposed to be her sister’s friends ran her down “like a dog” in the street and brutally mobbed her over an $80 smartphone last year.

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Two jailed for stealing and causing harm

A Freeport Magistrate sentenced two men to four years in prison after they pleaded guilty to charges of stealing and causing harm on Friday.

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Atlantis death - suicide or murder?

THE older brother of a South African woman found hanged in a room at the Atlantis resort last year, yesterday urged a jury to find that his sister was murdered. He said the injuries found on her corpse did not point to a suicide.

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Woman pleads guilty to harbouring two Haitian nationals

A BAHAMIAN woman accused of harbouring undocumented migrants and six Haitian nationals were arraigned this week in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court for breach of the Immigration Act.Rossena Ulysse, 29, of Pearl Drive, appeared on Tuesday in Court Thre

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Jail and fines for 15 more migrants

A 26-year-old Haitian woman’s two-month prison sentence was increased to a year and coupled with a fine yesterday because she gave immigration officers a false name out of fear when they arrested her last week.

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Father fails to reduce his sentence for incest

A 50-year-old man has failed to convince a court that his two-decade sentence for having sexual relations with his nine-year-old daughter should be reduced because he is getting too old. The appellate tribunal of Justices Jon Isaacs, Stella Crane-Sc

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Deportee’s return ends in jail term

A Haitian man who was previously deported was sentenced to a year in prison yesterday for coming back into the country under a fake name and trying to apply for a work permit with a fake letter of approval.

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Trial for pair accused of killing mother

THE remaining two women accused of murdering teenage mother Breanna Mackey last year will stand trial tomorrow. Dervinique Edwards and Zaria Burrows will be tried before Justice Cheryl Grant-Thompson over allegations they murdered the 19-year-old on

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Harbour Island project ‘unlawful’

A HARBOUR Island development must make an application to the “appropriate authority” and receive the requisite approvals “in compliance with the law” if work is to ever resume on the project, a Supreme Court judge has ruled.

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Bail for man accused of armed robberies

A YOUNG man allegedly flogged with a cutlass by police while in custody over a litany of armed robbery charges has been granted bail ahead of his trial.

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Jury finds police killing was lawful

A POLICE officer was justified in killing a man who shot him and his partner with a high-powered weapon after leading them on a high-speed chase in a stolen vehicle two years ago, a jury determined on Friday.

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Appeal justice raises 'judicial activism' fear

A Court of Appeal judge has seemingly cautioned a colleague for straying into “judicial activism” in a case involving the termination of a 14-year veteran John Bull store manager.Appeal justice Stella Crane-Scott said “courts should avoid” straying i

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Ex-Atlantis staffer loses appeal over $300,000 fraud

A former Atlantis employee who masterminded a $300,000 fraud against the Paradise Island resort has seen her wrongful dismissal counter-claim dismissed by the Court of Appeal.It also upheld the hotel’s “breach of fiduciary duty” against Monteigne Cun

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LOCK THEM UP: Judge warns jail terms needed for illegal migrants

A JUDGE yesterday lamented that court fines do not seem to be a deterrent to illegal immigration and were “making things worse”, adding undocumented migrants will “go to jail for a longer time” if they keep coming to her court.

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John Bull firing 'beyond the pale'

A Court of Appeal judge has ruled that John Bull went “beyond the pale” in firing a 14-year veteran store manager for drinking champagne at a promotional event staged by the company. Sir Michael Barnett found that the Bahamian luxury goods and offic

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Crown loses bid to add jail time for former prison officer

A FORMER prison officer remains a free man after the Crown lost its bid to have him committed to prison for attempting to smuggle $1,000 worth of drugs into the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services earlier this year. Appellate Justices Jon Is

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Court orders police to reconsider promotion

A SUPREME Court judge has ordered the Royal Bahamas Police Force to “properly consider” a constable’s previously overlooked application for promotion to corporal.Justice Indra Charles, in an October 11 written ruling, ordered that P/C Delmar Taylor a

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Man accused of murder and firearm possession

A FREEPORT man was arraigned on attempted murder and firearm possession charges in Magistrates Court yesterday. Vacara Morley, 26, of Tamarind Street, appeared before Magistrate Rengin Johnson on two counts of attempted murder and two counts of poss

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Butler's battle over Hayward's trust

The late Sir Jack Hayward’s family trust has become embroiled in a fresh legal battle sparked by the claims of his Bahamian butler, Tribune Business can reveal.

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Security guard gets six years for shooting at nightclub

A SECURITY guard has been sentenced to six years in prison for shooting another man in the stomach following a physical argument at a nightclub three years ago.

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Ash denies claim that he altered police statement

BUSINESSMAN Jonathan Ash yesterday denied that he altered a statement he gave to police concerning bribery allegations against former Cabinet minister Shane Gibson, despite previously claiming that he did.Mr Ash, while being interrogated by lead Crow

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Nygard’s contempt ruling - again

PETER Nygard was convicted of contempt of court yesterday for breaching an injunction preventing him from publishing emails that were stolen from environmental group Save The Bays.

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Tribune’s questions: Ash ‘can’t remember’

BUSINESSMAN Jonathan Ash yesterday claimed he can’t remember telling this newspaper he did not know former Cabinet minister Shane Gibson, despite evidence to the contrary.

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Court hears Ash’s bank account was frozen

WITNESS Jonathan Ash was cross-examined again yesterday in the bribery trial of former Cabinet minister Shane Gibson and fought off arguments from Gibson’s lead attorney about his honesty and frozen bank account.

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Nygard wants Privy Council to reverse Court of Appeal decision

CANADIAN fashion mogul Peter Nygard wants to petition the Privy Council to reverse the striking out of his appeal of a contempt of court conviction for breaching a court order prohibiting him from engaging in any illegal dredging near his Lyford Cay

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Shane Gibson's attorney questions claim over use of 'shingles'

THE lead attorney for former Cabinet minister Shane Gibson on Friday questioned the validity of a businessman’s claims that the former parliamentarian used the code name “Shingles” whenever he wanted to receive his alleged $80,000 in bribery payments.

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Clashes outside court as man faces murder charges

HEATED tempers escalated into a fight outside the Nassau Street Court Complex between the family of a victim and friends of a man accused of several counts of murder and attempted murder Friday.

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Attempted murder suspect granted bail ahead of trial

A 24-year-old man has been granted bail before his trial alleging that he tried to kill a woman five months ago.

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No jail time for doctor caught with marijuana

A BAHAMIAN doctor has been granted a conditional discharge for being caught with almost 10 ounces of marijuana in his residence earlier this year.

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Couple fined after children put out on the street at night

A woman and her lover were each fined more than $1,000 because she put her three young children “out on the street”, instructing them to go to the man’s house in the middle of the night.

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Reservist cleared of sex charge - but guilty of abduction and assult of girl

RESERVE Sergeant Dwayne Decosta was unanimously acquitted yesterday of having sex with a 13-year-old girl at a police station last year, but was convicted of abducting and assaulting her.A nine-member jury—five men and four women—unanimously found th

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Sentence cut to three weeks for fatal collision

A MAN has been released from prison after the Court of Appeal shortened his one year sentence to three weeks for hitting a motorcyclist with his car and killing him in Abaco earlier this year.The appellate tribunal of Justices Jon Isaacs, Stella Cran

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Drug and ammunition convict's prison time capped at two years

THE Court of Appeal has capped a drug and ammunition convict’s time in prison to a maximum of two years after ruling that his sentences should be served concurrently.

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Reservist no longer faces charge of unlawful sex

RESERVE Sergeant Dwayne Decosta is no longer charged with having sex with a 13-year-old girl last year, his attorney revealed yesterday.Murrio Ducille said instead of being charged with unlawful sexual intercourse, Decosta is now charged with abducti

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Man wants to apologise to family of victim he shot dead in the street

A 25-year-old man wants to apologise to the family of a man he shot to death three years ago.Christopher McQueen maintains he shot the man because the deceased threatened him and accused him of seeing his girlfriend.McQueen told Justice Cheryl Grant-

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Attorney: Accused reservist 'doesn't know what to answer'

THE Crown has closed its case against reserve Sergeant Dwayne Decosta over allegations he had sex with a teenage girl at a police station last year.Decosta, 56, now has four options: remain silent, take the witness stand and give evidence, formally o

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Taxi driver spared jail over lapsed gun licence

A 41-year-old taxi driver was spared a prison sentence yesterday for not licensing his shotgun. Instead, Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes fined Tomiko Johnson $2,000 for admitting to being in possession of an unlicensed shotgun on Sunday. Acco

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Steel worker loses court challenge over lost job

A FORMER steel worker has lost his bid to prove that a Supreme Court judge was wrong to find that he was not unfairly dismissed by his employer, but instead abandoned his job because he didn’t like his supervisor.The Court of Appeal ruled that Justic

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Attorney has ‘nil’ chance to defeat bankruptcy ruling

A Bahamian attorney’s bid to overturn his bankruptcy adjudication has been rejected by the Court of Appeal because its prospects of succeeding “are nil”.

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Expert could not tell if bullet was fired by suspect

A Royal Bahamas Police Force firearms examiner could not say whether a fired bullet submitted for him to analyse was fired by the high-powered weapon a 22-year-old man allegedly used to shoot at two police officers as he tried to evade being captured

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Man found with loaded gun in Abaco is jailed

A 27-year-old Abaco man was sentenced to two years in prison yesterday for being caught with a loaded gun that he found in the debris left by Hurricane Dorian. Ted Cornish Jr, of Dundas Town, was sentenced by Magistrate Samuel McKinney after admitti

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Murder suspect: Police told me they were going to crack my skull

A 21-year-old man accused of murdering a father of four claimed yesterday he was denied basic hygienic rights and suffered threats of harm while on remand.

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US man sent to jail - but then given bail

AN American man sentenced to 18 months for stabbing his ex-boss’ son was not sent to prison as ordered, but instead granted bail by the chief magistrate, a police inspector has said.Inspector Ferguson confirmed in open court that instead of being imp

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$10,000 fine for illegally using fishing apparatus

A Bahamian fishing boat captain was fined $10,000 for using illegal fishing apparatus to catch over $20,000 worth of fisheries in the Cay Sal Bank area.Senior Magistrate Carolyn Vogt-Evans fined 26-year-old Jeffrey Jolly for admitting to using an air

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Girl was 'disturbed' after alleged sex with reservist

A POLICE officer yesterday testified how a teenage girl’s demeanour notably changed from upbeat to “disturbed” after allegedly having sex with a police reservist at a police station last year. Sergeant Lakeisha Bain said the 14-year-old was not the

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Police reserves denies raping girl at police station

RESERVE Sergeant Dwayne Decosta denied raping a teenage girl over four times his junior during his initial record of interview with police last year, jurors heard yesterday. The 56-year-old denied assertions by Inspector Altida Bowles at the time th

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Man faces murder charge

A 27-year-old man was charged yesterday with murdering another man two weeks ago. Hugh Tyler-Bowe was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt over allegations he murdered Jarvis Butler on August 30. Bowe was not required to enter a

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Suspect accused of killing after hurricane

A MAN was arraigned in Grand Bahama yesterday accused of killing another man last Wednesday when the island was reeling from the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Dorian. The Freeport resident was brought into a makeshift court at the new Sir Albert

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Man who died after cement machine injuries 'was disliked by coworkers'

A man who was killed after his legs were mangled by a cement mixing machine that suddenly turned on while he was cleaning it was disliked by his coworkers because of his work ethic, a court has heard.

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Teen in Breanna killing goes free

AN 18-year-old woman who admitting to taking part in the carnage that led to teenage mother Breanna Mackey’s death last year is now a free woman.

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Police officer contradicts teen's claim in child sex case

A WOMAN police officer yesterday contradicted a teenager’s claims that her official statement against a police reservist who allegedly had sex with her was not read back to her by the officer after she gave it.Inspector Altida Bowles testified that n

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20 years in jail for rape of tourist

A SAN Salvador native has been sentenced to two decades in prison for raping a 17-year-old American tourist on that island five years ago.Justice Cheryl Grant-Thompson sentenced Henry Gay to 20 years for the April 2014 rape of the woman, who is now i

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Girl says her sex claims against cop were not true

THE teenage girl at the heart of an unlawful sexual intercourse allegation against a police reservist yesterday told a court that the claims against the accused in her statement to police are not true.The teenager, testifying by video link before Jus

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Pair accused of $2,000 fraud

AN immigration officer and an air-conditioner technician were charged yesterday with defrauding another man of $2,000. Edwin Morley, 31, and Clive Schroeter stood before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt on one count each of fraud and conspirac

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94 Haitians told not to come back illegally

NEARLY 100 Haitians were granted a conditional discharge yesterday after admitting to entering the country illegally earlier this week. The 94 Haitian migrants — 79 men and 15 women — have been ordered not to return to The Bahamas in the manner they

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Man with gun 'planned to hand it in to police'

A MAN has been given a conditional discharge for being caught with a loaded firearm because he planned to “do the right thing” and turn it in to police, but was afraid to do so. On Monday, Senior Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis ordered Vaughn Johnson

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Cement mixer turned off when worker heard screams

A 38-year-old man’s death inside a cement mixer last year may have resulted from his co-worker inadvertently turning on the machine without knowledge he was inside, jurors heard yesterday. James Wallace, manager of Block World, said he suspects his

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Nygard attorney defends recusal motion

AN attorney for Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard yesterday defended his client’s recusal motion against claims its ulterior motive was to derail proceedings against him.

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Child ‘rape’ victim stays silent

THE teenage girl at the heart of an unlawful sexual intercourse allegation against a police reservist quietly told a court that “nothing” happened between her and Dwayne Decosta in June 2018.

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Woman who fell on dock must pay costs

BAHAMAS Ferries Limited has been absolved of a Supreme Court order to pay a woman $10,000 in damages because she slipped and fell on a rain-soaked deck of one of its vessels six years ago.The Court of Appeal set aside the previous court order for Bah

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Seven accused of illegal landing

SEVEN foreign nationals discovered in an apartment unit in the Lucaya area with four other undocumented migrants were charged in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court this week with illegal landing. Six males from India and one Haitian male appeared befor

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Policeman accused of raping girl

A TEENAGE girl was allegedly raped by a former police reservist at a southern New Providence police station a year ago, jurors heard yesterday.

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US trio give up $27k to walk free

THREE Americans were spared a criminal conviction yesterday despite admitting to making a false declaration concerning $27,000 in cash when they tried to leave the country on the weekend.

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Groper: Six years? Man, they don't like me in the prison

SERIAL groper Sidney Cooper was sentenced to six years in prison yesterday for grabbing a teenage girl’s buttocks and shoving her to the ground when she tried to retaliate.Magistrate Samuel McKinney sentenced the 43-year-old to six years for groping

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Man accused of scamming $40,000 from bank accounts

A 25-year-old man was remanded to prison yesterday over allegations he stole over $40,000 cash from a woman’s two bank accounts as part of an online banking scam earlier this year. Andre Spence Jr denied allegations he stole $44,500 from Elizabeth L

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Armed robber must serve sentence as appeal denied

AN armed robber, who was captured by a hospital employee, has failed in his bid to have the Court of Appeal overturn his decade-long prison sentence.The Court of Appeal unanimously dismissed Marco Oliver’s appeal of his ten-year sentence for robbing

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Jamaican man fined, recommended to be deported

A 27-year-old Jamaican man was fined and recommended to be deported on Friday for turning a brief visit to his mother into a two-year stay.

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Worker was crushed in mixer

Human negligence ultimately led to a 38-year-old man’s death last year when the cement mixing machine he tried to clean suddenly turned on and mangled his lower extremities, jurors heard yesterday.

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28-year-old accused of stabbing man to death

A 28-year-old man accused of stabbing another man to death in the Pinewood Gardens area in June will appear before a Supreme Court judge in a month’s time.Whitney Johnson will appear before Justice Bernard Turner to be formally arraigned in connectio

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Retrial order for suspect accused of robbing pizza delivery man

THE Court of Appeal has ordered a man be retried over allegations he robbed a pizza delivery man three years ago. The appellate court unanimously said Kadero Munroe should be retried over the Crown’s claims he robbed Marco’s Pizza delivery man Franc

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Woman jewellery thief fails to overturn her two-year sentence

A WOMAN has failed in trying to get the appellate court to overturn her two-year sentence for stealing over $100,000 worth of watches from her employer, a high-end jewellery store on Paradise Island.

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Jury rules knifeman’s death lawful

A POLICE officer was justified in shooting and killing a 22-year-old man who charged at him with a knife almost ten years ago, a jury found yesterday.

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No retrial is ordered after armed robbery conviction overturned

THE Court of Appeal has overturned a man's armed robbery conviction, though reluctantly did not order a retrial because it would not be in the “interests of justice” to keep him in custody just to be retried and quite possibly acquitted. Appellate J

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23-year-old in court over shooting incident in GB

A 23-year-old Freeport man was charged yesterday with negligently causing grievous harm in connection with a shooting incident on Grand Bahama. Deshawn Anthony Rolle, 23, appeared before Magistrate Charlton Smith. It is alleged that on August 8, at

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Killer stabbed his dad 47 times

A MAN has been sentenced to 45 years in prison for the brutal murder of his 76-year-old father. Justice Bernard Turner sentenced Lee Sweeting to 45 years in prison concerning the November 2017 murder of Leon Sweeting who was stabbed 47 times. However, Sweeting’s sentence was reduced to 43 years, three months and two weeks to reflect the 20 months and two weeks he has already spent in custody.

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Man, aged 25, denies GBH charge

A man was charged with causing grievous harm in the Freeport Magistrates Court yesterday. Jermaine Thompson, 25, appeared before Magistrate Charlton Smith. He pleaded not guilty to the charge and remanded in custody with the matter adjourned to Sept

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Crown withdraws acquittal appeal after suspect killed by police

THE Crown has been forced to withdraw its own appeal of a man’s acquittal of a murder charge because he was controversially killed by police two months before the appeal could be heard. Trevor Cooper Jr was due to appear before the appellate court o

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Accused denies document fraud

A MAN with an unconfirmed nationality was charged yesterday with defrauding three government agencies of various legal documents between 2011 and 2014. Germy Charles aka John Doe, was charged before Senior Magistrate Rolle-Davis with fraudulently ob

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Man, 36, accused of unlawful sex with boy

A 36-year-old man was charged yesterday with having unlawful sexual intercourse with a teenage boy. Ricardo Dunbar stood before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt over allegations he had sex with the 14-year-old sometime in June. Dunbar is also

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Law firm urges 'clarification' on $13m judgment

Bahamian law requires further “clarification” following the Privy Council verdict that allowed a liquidator to serve a $13.148m “claw back” claim outside this nation, it was argued yesterday. Attorneys for ZCM Asset Holding Company (Bermuda) Ltd, wh

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Man who ran up a tree to evade capture denies groping 18-year-old girl

A 43-year-old man lewdly taunted an 18-year-old woman, her mother and a female police officer in court yesterday when he stood trial over allegations he grabbed the young girl’s buttocks and ran away laughing while her mother gave chase.Sidney Cooper

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'Eagerly awaited $13m claw back verdict upheld

A Bahamian liquidator’s bid to “claw back” a $13.148m pay-out by serving the recipient outside this jurisdiction was yesterday upheld by the London-based Privy Council. The highest court in the Bahamian judicial system found that Alan Bates, court-a

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Court orders landscaping firm to compensate employee

A landscaping company was ordered on Friday to fully compensate one of its employees for all of the days it suspended her without pay earlier this month, which were actually days she had to report for jury duty.

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Officer ‘justified’ in fatal shooting

A JURY unanimously found yesterday that the 2014 police-involved killing of Andrew Stubbs, 35, was justified.

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Cop killed suspect armed with knife

A WOMAN officer testified yesterday about the moment she saw a knife wielding man charge at her partner before he was fatally shot in Pinewood Gardens nearly ten years ago.

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Marine to face murder trial next month

THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force marine charged with murdering his superior at Government House is set to stand trial in August before the Supreme Court. Able Seaman Jevon Seymour stood before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt yesterday to recei

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Fraud trial over fake degree claim now set for 2020

A DATE in 2020 has been set for a man’s trial alleging he used fraudulent documents to secure his admission to the Bahamas Bar. Acting Deputy Chief Magistrate Subusola Swain said Shavon Bethel will stand trial on January 22 next year on 10 criminal

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31-year-old from Abaco charged with murder

A 31-year-old Abaco man accused of killing a father of two was charged with murder in the Marsh Harbour Magistrate’s Court yesterday. Kevin Gabriel, of Crockett Drive, appeared before Magistrate A Evans. It is alleged that on Friday, July 19, the ac

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Court hears police officer was 'outgunned'

A POLICE officer was “outgunned” when he tried to apprehend a 22-year-old man who shot at him and his partner with a high-powered assault rifle after leading them on a high-speed chase in a stolen vehicle two years ago, one of his colleagues testified on Friday.

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Legal fight begins over controversial Briland investment

Opponents of a controversial Harbour Island project have seen the Supreme Court reject their bid to include the local council as a respondent in the battle to overturn its permits and approvals.Justice Diane Stewart ruled on Monday that local hotelie

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Six face summer theft charges

SIX men were brought before the Freeport Magistrate’s Court yesterday to face a laundry list of shopbreaking and stealing offences that occurred in the Eight Mile Rock and Freeport areas between June and July.

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Judge offers to recuse herself in rape case

AN attorney said yesterday he will consider a judge’s offer to recuse herself from presiding over a Jamaican woman’s lawsuit against the government over allegations she was raped by a senior immigration officer while in his custody five years ago.The

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Ex-Atlantis worker fined for stealing from tourists when he was drunk

A FORMER Atlantis employee was fined over $1,000 yesterday for stealing $3,000 worth of merchandise from tourists at the Paradise Island resort while he was drunk.

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Crown fails to appear again in case regarding Muslim officer

THE Crown has failed to appear on three occasions to represent the state in a lawsuit against former Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade for firing a police constable because of his unwillingness to compromise a key component of his Muslim fait

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21 years for people smuggler

A JAMAICAN man - who claims that he was born in The Bahamas and was being denied entry into the country after being deemed an “undesirable” - has been sentenced to more than two decades in a US prison for running a human smuggling operation.

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Mother charged with assault, son with causing harm

A MOTHER and her minor son were arraigned on Friday in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court – one for assault and the other for causing harm.

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Fire death mother ‘was ill, not evil’

THE lawyer for Philippa Marshall, the woman accused of murdering her daughter by setting her on fire in December 2017, yesterday submitted that the accused was “not in her right frame of mind” when the offence took place and therefore called for the nine-woman jury to find her not guilty by reason of insanity.

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Man jailed and fined over drugs possession

A man convicted of possession of dangerous drugs with intent to supply was sentenced to one year in prison and fined $2,000 by a Freeport Magistrate on Friday.

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Re-trial over Rum Cay restaurant demolition

The dispute over a Rum Cay restaurant’s demolition has been sent back to the Supreme Court for re-trial even though its majority owner may have “a bogus claim to ownership of the land”. The Court of Appeal, in a unanimous verdict delivered this week

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Man charged in connection with Montel Heights shooting

A 26-year-old male was arraigned in a Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday facing nearly a dozen firearm-related charges in connection with the mass shooting in Montel Heights on June 30 that left more than 10 people suffering gunshot injuries.

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Man charged with indecent assault of girl

A 30-year-old man was arraigned in a Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday charged with indecently assaulted a 13-year-old girl on Cat Island.

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No retrial as man has 42-year murder sentence quashed

A man has had his more than 40-year sentence for murdering someone he called a friend over five years ago quashed by the Court of Appeal. The court set aside Deangelo Johnson’s 42-year sentence for murdering 19-year-old James Farrington in March of

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Social media commentator remanded

SOCIAL media commentator Gorman Bannister was remanded to prison yesterday over allegations he intentionally defamed ex-Cabinet minister Tennyson Wells in a series of voice notes. When he was arraigned before Senior Magistrate Derrence Rolle-Davis y

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Convicts see charges withdrawn

TWO men who previously stood trial over two separate murders have been discharged from allegedly causing harm to a fellow inmate at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services last year.

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Man represents himself and has rape conviction quashed

A MAN has successfully argued his own appeal against a 25-year sentence for raping a woman at gunpoint and robbing her of almost $200 after burglarising her West Bay Street home. Oscar Ingraham, who was not represented by an attorney, was successful

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34 fishermen deny fishing with prohibited apparatus

MORE than 30 Bahamian fisherman have denied allegations they were caught fishing in the Cay Sal Bank area with prohibited fishing apparatus last month.

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US cops facing charges over Bahamian-American teen arrest

THREE Florida police officers are facing criminal charges after two of them were caught on video punching and arresting a Bahamian-American teen.

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Infection killed girl set ablaze

A one-year-old girl who was allegedly set on fire by her schizophrenic mother had close to 50 percent of her body burned in the process, a forensic pathologist said yesterday.

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‘Night my wife set daughter on fire’

A MAN fell asleep with all three of his children by his side, only to wake up the next morning to discover that his schizophrenic wife had taken the youngest one and set her on  fire at the behest of “demons”, jurors heard yesterday.

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Prison escapee fails to overturn his 18-year sentence for armed robbery

A FORMER prison escapee’s hopes at overturning his 18-year sentence for robbing a local jewellery store and two people at gunpoint of over $100,000 worth of cash and merchandise have been dashed by the Court of Appeal. Appellate Justices Jon Isaacs,

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Man can still have fair trial even though he's no longer a juvenile

A MAN who was charged as a 15-year-old has lost his bid to appeal a judge’s decision not to permanently stay the criminal proceedings against him because he had already become a legal adult before the trial could get off the ground, thus losing the b

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Drug trial delayed as accused recovers from shooting

A WOMAN’S trial over allegations she tried to smuggle drugs to an inmate has been adjourned by another three months after revelations she is still incapacitated from being shot earlier this year. Wendy Smith was one of four people shot on March 10 d

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Man charged with murder and attempted murder

POLICE have finally charged most wanted fugitive Tico Omar “Pitbull” Lightbourne with murdering a man and attempting to kill another at an inner city bar over two years ago.

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Prosecutor 'attacked because of role in conviction'

A Crown prosecutor on Friday claimed a man attacked him and ordered another man to stab him earlier this year because of his role in having another one of the man’s friends convicted for a criminal offence.

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Schizophrenic mother claims demons told her to set fire to young child

A jury yesterday saw graphic photos of the charred body of a one-year-old girl who died from being set afire by her schizophrenic mother who claimed demons told her to do it, a court heard yesterday.At least one juror could be seen fighting back tear

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‘Miscarriage’ costs ex-banker $155k CIBC damages

A senior banker’s $155,000 damages award against CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) has been overturned due to “a substantial miscarriage of justice”.

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Murder conviction quashed because dying man’s words dismissed as weak evidence

A MAN has had his murder conviction overturned after Court of Appeal judges found a dying man’s declaration that the accused had shot him was weak evidence.

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Burglar 'was shot after stabbing officer'

A former police reservist yesterday testified how a 33-year-old shop breaking suspect was shot and killed after allegedly stabbing his former partner in the arm almost a decade ago.

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Ecuadorian faces jail after selling tourist souvenirs

AN Ecuadorian national who was discovered illegally selling souvenir items brought from his home country at the Port Lucaya Marketplace in Grand Bahama was arraigned in the court this week. Jose Luis Lema Santillan, 30, appeared before Deputy Chief

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Rasta pipedream? Lawsuit seeks drug convictions wiped out and damages

A GROUP of Rastas is seeking to have all criminal convictions that relate to Rastafari possession, cultivation and supply of Indian hemp since 1963 wiped out.

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97 Haitians guilty of illegal landing

NEARLY 100 Haitian migrants appeared before Magistrate Kara Turnquest-Deveaux yesterday and were convicted of illegal landing. The 97 migrants were ordered early deportation. This group included 86 men and 11 women. They were turned over to immigrat

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Case of RBDF marine charged with murder delayed again

FAMILY and friends of a Royal Bahamas Defence Force marine charged with murdering his superior at Government House yesterday prayed for justice after his case was delayed by another month. Able Seaman Jevon Seymour was due to receive a voluntary bill

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Court of Appeal reduces rape sentence by five years

THE Court of Appeal has dismissed a man’s attempts at overturning his 25 year sentence for breaking into a young woman’s house and raping her at gunpoint while her children slept in the bed. However, the court took five years off his sentence because the original was considered “unduly harsh”.

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17-year-old charged with shopbreaking

A 17-year-old was charged in the Freeport Magistrate’s court this week with shopbreaking.

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Immigration chief admits releasing Jamaican woman to the officer who allegedly raped her

THE assistant director of immigration yesterday admitted to releasing a Jamaican woman into the custody of the senior immigration officer who allegedly raped her, as he said he had no reason to suspect anything untoward would happen.Dwight Livingston

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Alleged rape victim paid $2,000 for fake marriage, court is told

THE Jamaican woman at the heart of a rape allegation involving a senior immigration officer allegedly admitted to paying her would-be husband $2,000 to marry her, according to a police interview of the accused.

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Drive-by killer suspect charged

A 27-year-old man was charged yesterday with murdering a 21-year-old man during a drive-by shooting in the Bain Town area last week that was captured on surveillance video.

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Sacked banker: I was used as a scapegoat

LAWYERS for sacked First Caribbean International (FCIB) banker, Paul Major, yesterday alleged bank directors lined him up as the “scapegoat” for the blunder that allowed disgraced FIFA executive Charles Blazer to use a local account to misappropriate a reported $15m belonging to FIFA.

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Court hears conflicting stories over rape claims

A SENIOR immigration officer and a Jamaican woman have given conflicting accounts of the night she was allegedly raped by him, with the officer saying the complainant asked for it and her saying he made lewd overtures to her while he was lying in bed naked.

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Big increase in cases heard at Coroner’s Court

INQUESTS into police-involved killings are occurring at a quicker pace after years of neglect, Coroner’s Court records show.

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Alleged acid attack woman needs time to submit costs

A 41-year-old man accused of causing dangerous harm to a woman on whom he allegedly dumped acid in November, yesterday had his case stood down to July 30 to allow his victim the time needed to have her medical expenses submitted to the court.

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Board member slapped with restraining order

ONE of two “warring factions” seeking supremacy of the Lucayan Towers South Condominium Association has been hit with a restraining order after a former board member ordered the locks to the Resident Manager’s office to be changed without the current board’s permission.

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Man who beat victim to death with cement block for slapping his mother jailed for ten years

A 29-year-old man has been sentenced to a decade in prison for beating a 50-year-old man to death with a cement block because he slapped his mother.

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Armed robbery suspect says police beat him with a bat

A MAN who was arraigned on an armed robbery charge in Grand Bahama yesterday accused police of beating him with a baseball bat while in custody and coercing him to sign a report.

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Death which sparked Bain Town riot ruled lawful

A TEENAGER’S death at the hands of a police officer that sparked the 2010 Bain Town riot was justified, a Coroner’s Court jury ruled yesterday.

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US court to rule today on Carnival ‘violations’

A LOCAL environmentalist is working to be identified as a victim in ongoing pollution proceedings against Carnival Corporation in a US court.

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Murder sentence upheld by Court of Appeal

A man’s half-century sentence for murdering another man as he was dancing with his girlfriend in a sports bar in Grand Bahama five years ago has been upheld by the Court of Appeal.

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Six ordered to pay back $30,000

FIVE women and a man were ordered to pay back the $30,000 they collectively defrauded a local lending institution out of two years ago by using fake Department of Education employment letters.

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Arresting Jamaican woman was a 'national security matter', officer tells court

ARRESTING a Jamaican woman who was allegedly raped by a senior immigration officer five years ago was directly related to “the sovereignty of The Bahamas”, a senior police officer insisted yesterday.

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Ex-banker not told he had breached company policy

PAUL Major, the former First Caribbean International (FCIB) banker fired for his role in collecting and then depositing a cheque into the local account of disgraced FIFA executive Charles Blazer, was not explicitly told by banking executives that he breached company policy at the time of his termination, a Supreme Court Justice heard yesterday.

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Man's hopes of contesting attempted murder conviction dashed

A SECOND man has had his hopes of contesting his conviction for attempting to murder another man during a botched armed robbery seven years ago dashed by the Court of Appeal.

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Hung jury in woman’s murder

A MOTHER was awash in tears yesterday after hearing that a Supreme Court jury was two members short of unanimously convicting the man who was accused of killing her 21-year-old daughter while she was on her cellphone on their front porch four years ago.

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Freeport man denies dangerous dog charges

A 27-year-old man was charged in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court yesterday in connection with a ferocious dog attack.

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Smith trial magistrate’s remarks on ministers: OUT OF ORDER

IT was “wholly inappropriate” for Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt to have not only criticised two Cabinet ministers for their involvement in former PLP Senator Frank Smith’s now-disposed of criminal matter, but also connect it to her decision to acquit him of all charges, the country’s lead prosecutor asserted yesterday.

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Haitian man to appeal after he’s jailed for groping co-worker

A 30-year-old Haitian man has been sentenced to one year in prison after a magistrate rejected his defence to claims he fondled his co-worker after promising to drop her home as “untruthful”.

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FORCED OUT: Senior officers sue after being sidelined by enforced vacation

THE Minnis administration has been accused in an extraordinary lawsuit of exploiting vacation leave policies to unfairly sideline senior law enforcement officers.

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Man acquitted of sergeant's murder, his brother's appeal dismissed

A man has been acquitted of murdering Sergeant 1475 Wayne Rolle during the course of an armed robbery five years ago - but his brother's appeal was dismissed.

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Woman who appealed sentence given additional 15 years

A woman who appealed against her 20-year sentence for conspiring to have her friend murdered has instead been ordered to serve an additional 15 years in prison for the crime.

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Man pleads not guilty to unlawful sex

A banking executive is one step closer to standing trial to answer to allegations that he had unlawful sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old boy earlier this year.

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Two Bahamians face immigrant smuggling, illegal re-entry charges in Florida

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say two Bahamian men face charges related to immigrant smuggling and illegal re-entry in Florida.

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Housebreaker ordered to pay money back to victims

A 31-year-old man has been ordered to pay 11 people back the $16,615.28 worth of cash and merchandise he stole from them in separate incidents dating as far back as July last year.

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‘Lawful killing’ in police shooting

THE shooting death of a 20-year-old at the hands of police officers in the Masons Addition area four years ago was justified in the circumstances, a jury found yesterday.

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Jury hear evidence that man had shot at police

THERE is evidence that a 20-year-old man fired a gun the night police officers said he shot at them, causing them to return fire and kill him in the Mason’s Addition area four years ago, a jury heard yesterday.

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$10k fines for killer motorists

A MAN was fined $10,000 yesterday for hitting and killing a motorcyclist with his truck last month. Ricardo Butler received the fine from Senior Magistrate Carolyn Vogt-Evans after pleading guilty to killing Tito Ferguson on April 1.

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Friends of convicted drug smuggler appeal for leniency

FAMILY and friends of convicted drug smuggler Austin Knowles are appealing for leniency in his sentencing after he pleaded guilty to a 2002 conspiracy and drug trafficking scheme.

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Jamaican man found guilty of multiple charges

A 19-year-old Jamaican was charged in the Freeport Magistrate's Court after he was found working illegally in the country.

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Man shot by police 'died from wounds to torso and foot'

A FORENSIC pathologist has confirmed that the 20-year-old man fatally shot by police in 2015 died from gunshot wounds to his torso and foot.

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Shanty town residents granted leave to amend judicial review application

SUPREME Court Justice Cheryl Grant-Thompson has granted leave for shanty town residents to amend their judicial review application to include grounds that the government failed to consult them.

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Marine due in court on officer’s murder

A ROYAL Bahamas Defence Force marine is expected to be arraigned in Magistrate’s Court today in connection with the murder of Petty Officer Philip Perpall who was shot multiple times in his upper body at Government House earlier this week.

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Jamaican guilty of threatening behaviour

A JAMAICAN teenager has been found guilty of using obscene language, making threats of harm and resisting arrest.

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‘Fears for my men as shots rang out’

TESTIMONY in the Coroner’s Court inquest into the police shooting death of 20-year-old Deangelo Bodie Wallace continued yesterday, with a jury being told responding officers were greeted at the scene by a “bareback man” running for his life.

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Inquest begins into man shot and killed by police

THE Coroner’s Court inquest into the death of 20-year-old Deangelo Bodie Wallace, who was shot and killed by police during a shoot-out on Saturday, May 16, 2015, officially got underway with evidence submission yesterday.

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Three men charged with fraud

THREE men were arraigned in a Magistrate’s Court yesterday, charged in two separate fraud-related cases.

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Beautician has robbery conviction overturned

A Long Island-based beautician has had her conviction overturned for robbing a local web shop manager of $17,000 four years ago, but will remain behind bars for conspiring to commit the robbery.

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Wendy’s owner wins over staff’s tax ‘miss’

Wendy’s owner has overturned a $27,000 wrongful dismissal verdict in favour of two ex-staff who allegedly failed to pay due taxes on personal goods imported via the company’s containers.

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‘Incredulity’ of court at $30k pay-off

The Court of Appeal has expressed “sheer incredulity” over a $30,117 compensation award to a former part-time BTVI instructor following the valid termination of her last two-year contract.

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Two Haitians facing court

TWO Haitian nationals were recently arraigned in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court - one for illegal landing and the other for harbouring an undocumented migrant.

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Man accused of indecent assault on co-worker

A WOMAN who claimed her Haitian co-worker fondled only did so to avoid the “unnecessary drama” of her police boyfriend finding out she had caught a ride home with the accused and that they had stopped at her former lover’s house along the way, an attorney asserted yesterday.

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$1,500 fines for overstaying

TWO Jamaican cousins were fined over $1,000 each for overstaying in The Bahamas by almost a month, after having secured fake immigration time extension stamps to remain in the country.

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Man accused of molesting 11-year-old girl acquitted

THE Court of Appeal has acquitted a man previously sentenced to almost a decade in prison for allegedly molesting an 11-year-old girl some five years ago.

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Court date for two charged with murder

TWO men charged with murdering another man in the Fox Hill community two months ago will appear before a Supreme Court judge in a month’s time.

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Hotel worker denies molesting colleague

A 30-year-old Haitian man is trying to stave off allegations he fondled his co-worker after promising to drop her home from work earlier this year.

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30 Haitians charged with illegal landing

MORE than 30 Haitian migrants were arraigned in Magistrate’s Court in Inagua yesterday on charges of illegal landing.

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‘Conviction will be condoning police brutality’

THE attorney for a man accused of murdering a gang member as part of a murder plot three years ago yesterday warned jurors that convicting his client would be akin to condoning police brutality as an appropriate method of investigation.

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Sister supports brother’s claim that he was beaten

THE sister of a key witness in a murder trial yesterday gave evidence in support of her brother’s previous claims that he was arrested by police and beaten to implicate their cousin and two other men in the matter.

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Pilot fined for failing to declare he had more than $10,000 in cash

A 25-year-old commercial pilot was fined $1,000 for failing to declare that he had just over $10,000 in cash when he flew into the country from Haiti two months ago. The sum was declared to be the proceeds of criminal conduct.

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Privy Council ‘regret’ over Alexious’ ‘backdoor’ escape

The Privy Council yesterday admitted its “regret” in finding that the Companies Act provides a legal “backdoor” for the Alexiou brothers to avoid paying a near-$200,000 debt.

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Corrections officer denies taping marijuana to his body

A 39-year-old corrections officer denied allegations on Friday that he was caught with $1,000 worth of marijuana taped to his body while at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services last week.

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Witness claims police tortured him to confess

A MAN claimed yesterday that officers squeezed his testicles and suffocated him with a plastic bag to get him to confess to killing another man in furtherance of a murder plot stemming from gang warfare three years ago.

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Judge orders acquital of man accused in murder plot

A Supreme Court judge yesterday directed jurors to acquit a man previously accused of concocting a plot to have another man killed as part of gang warfare three years ago.

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Four face court over marijuana charges

FOUR men were charged with possession of dangerous drugs in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

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Three accused of overstaying

THREE foreign nationals, two Colombians and one Haitian, were arraigned in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court on Friday for overstaying and illegal landing.

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Bahamian dealers beat US extradition

Two Bahamians accused of facilitating an alleged $500m securities fraud and money laundering scheme are celebrating after the courts in Belize quashed the US bid to extradite them.

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‘We won’t give up on missing Marvin’

A SUPREME Court judge has dismissed a human rights group’s application to have police produce a Gambier Village resident they deny ever taking into custody.

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Two expected to face charges over electricity diversion claims

Two people are expected to be formally arraigned and charged this morning in connection with a complaint filed by Grand Bahama Power Company into alleged electricity theft.

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Cop fired ‘like at target practice’

THE lifelong friend of a teenager whose death at the hands of police sparked the 2010 Bain Town riot yesterday claimed the officer who killed him got down on one knee and shot him as if it was target practice.

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Manslaughter conviction: Judges dismiss 20-year sentence

THE Court of Appeal has overturned a man’s manslaughter conviction for killing another man in Super Value’s parking lot because while his fingerprint was found on the deceased’s vehicle, there was no evidence as to how long it was there.

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Crown to appeal decision to acquit Evans

THE Court of Appeal has granted the Crown leave to appeal its decision to acquit Clinton Evans of murdering Detective Constable Jimmy Ambrose and trying to kill another officer almost 20 years ago.

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Dolphin assault led to sacking

A FORMER Dolphin Cay marine mammal specialist was wrong for not informing her supervisor that a female guest had breached company policy by touching a dolphin’s genitals seven years ago, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

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Ex-Bahamas CEO defeats $2m asset freeze reimposition

A former Bahamas-based chief executive, accused by his ex-employer of taking $2m in unauthorised payments and expenses, has successfully resisted the reimposition of an asset freeze.

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Man convicted of home invasion killing seeking to appeal

THE man who shot and killed Blair Estates resident Andre Cartwright during a home invasion five years ago is maintaining that he did not commit the crime.

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Robber’s killing ruled lawful

A POLICE officer was justified in killing a teenager who was said to have robbed one man and attempted to rob another while armed with a fake gun less than an hour before his death in 2012, a jury has found.

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Killer paid off bills with ‘blood money’

A MAN previously admitted to police that he murdered another man in the Woods Alley area three years ago not only in furtherance of a murder plot, but because he and the deceased were gang rivals.

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Ecuadorian pair admit overstaying

TWO Ecuadorians who admitted to coming to The Bahamas to be smuggled to the US were arraigned on Tuesday in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court for being in breach of the Immigration Act.

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Gospel singer on rape charge

CHRISTIAN Massive lead singer Cartnel Kent Johnson was charged in Magistrate’s Court yesterday with allegedly raping a woman earlier this month.

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Court action halts shanty town builds

THE Supreme Court order blocking the government from clearing out shanty towns in the country now prevents those residents from altering or expanding those communities.

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Five Haitian nationals jailed for illegal landing

FIVE Haitian nationals were sentenced to serve a month at the Bahamas Department of Corrections for illegally landing in the country, according to a press statement from the Department of Immigration.

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‘Missing Marvin’ hearing delayed

SUPREME Court Justice Andrew Forbes has delayed his ruling on a habeas corpus application in the case of 40-year-old Marvin Pratt, after agreeing that government filings in the case have not fully addressed the specifics as laid out in the application.

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Attempted unlawful sex conviction overturned

THE Court of Appeal has overturned a man’s conviction for attempted unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl seven years ago.

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Man charged with attempting to kill two police officers

A 29-year-old Pinewood resident was charged in Magistrate’s Court yesterday with attempting to murder two police officers with a high powered semi-automatic weapon last week.

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Jury visit to site where cop was shot delayed by two weeks as key witness unavailable

A jury’s request to visit the place in Bain Town where a 19-year-old was gunned down by police almost 10 years ago was put off by two weeks yesterday due to the unavailability of a key witness.

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Five women fined for overstaying

FIVE foreign women—three Venezuelans, a Guyanese, and a Jamaican—were collectively fined $5,000 for overstaying in the Bahamas, with the Jamaican woman said to have worn out her welcome by almost two years.

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Final six poachers free to go

THE remaining six of 46 Dominican poachers previously convicted of plundering Bahamian waters of some 33,000 pounds of fish last year are now free men.

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70-year-old faces charges of sexually assaulting girl, 8

A 70-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting an eight-year-old girl is expected to be formally arraigned in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court this morning.

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Three immigrants in court

THREE immigrants were arraigned in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court for various breaches of the Immigration Act.

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Supreme Court to rule on sacking of Muslim officer

THE Court of Appeal has ordered that a Supreme Court judge is to determine whether former Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade was right to fire a police constable because of his unwillingness to compromise a key component of his Muslim faith.

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Visa scam ‘Mr Fix-It’ jailed for five months

THE Mr Fix-It at the centre of a US visa scam involving The Bahamas Immigration Department has been jailed for five months by a federal court.

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Cocaine dealer has sentence reduced for guilty plea

A man previously sentenced to three years in prison for being caught with 10 ounces of cocaine he planned to distribute has effectively had his sentence reduced to time served because he was not afforded a “rebate” for admitting to the offence.

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Bahamian broker left at SEC mercy

A Bahamian broker/dealer and its staff remain at the mercy of US regulators after a federal court found its principal had failed to justify the imposition of an emergency restraining order.

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Ex-boss ‘robbed’ ferry firm of Bahamas route

The former chief executive of Balearia Caribbean must pay his ex-employer $2.844m in damages for effectively stealing the Resorts World Bimini ferry contract from under them.

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Galleria’s copyright fight to Privy Council

Galleria Cinemas has won permission to appeal a judgment, which its attorney says threatens to “stagnate” the Bahamian creative economy, to the London-based Privy Council.

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Four C’s Adventures owner and captain to stand trial next year

FOUR C’s Adventures owner and one of his captains will stand trial in 2020 over allegations of negligence in the fatal tour boat explosion last year.

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US probe threat to 60 Bahamian jobs

The principal of a Bay Street-based broker/dealer is seeking a court injunction to halt a probe by US federal regulators that threatens up to 60 Bahamian jobs.

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Man’s appeal over cop killing still undecided

THE Court of Appeal is considering whether it will agree with a man’s assertions that he should not have been convicted for killing a senior police officer during the course of an armed robbery five years ago.

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Police officers 'did not identify themselves before shooting'

TWO police officers in plain clothes did not identify themselves moments before one of them shot and killed a teenager in the Bain Town community almost 10 years ago, a lifelong friend of the deceased testified yesterday.

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Son who beat mother, 81, to death loses appeal

A MAN is to continue serving his 35-year sentence for murdering his 81-year-old mother four years ago, then recording a video and taking pictures of her bedroom floor instead of immediately calling for help.

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Inquest hears how angry mob surrounded police

A FORMER police sergeant testified yesterday how an angry mob of Bain Town residents attempted to swarm him and his partner after the latter shot and killed a teenager in that community almost 10 years ago.

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Doctor’s absolute discharge decision ruled ‘unduly lenient’

THE chief magistrate’s decision to absolutely discharge a doctor for causing harm to another man was too merciful a sentence, the director of public prosecutions has said.

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Missing man case adjourned

THE habeas corpus application for a “missing” man who relatives believe was taken into police custody was adjourned to next month after the government was late filing its response.

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Coroner rules boat tragedy accidental

A CORONER ruled yesterday that the death of a 73-year-old man in a boating collision was an “accidental death” — however the victim’s daughter has said the family will pursue the matter in a civil case.

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‘I saw pair of accused men with brother at time of shooting’

THE brother of a man killed in Abaco in 2016 testified that he saw two men accused of the crime with his brother at the time of the shooting.

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Now trio accuse police of torture

THE Royal Bahamas Police Force is being sued for allegedly torturing three innocent people in a bid to secure confessions from them.

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Realtor prison sentence reduced by two years

THE Court of Appeal has shaved two years off of a former realtor’s prison sentence for swindling 21 people out of over $144,000 between 2007 and 2008 as part of a property scam.

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Another 80 migrants disciplined by courts

MORE than 80 migrants have been convicted for entering the country illegally or overstaying their visa this week.

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‘Tortured robber’ wins retrial

THE Court of Appeal has ordered a retrial for a former ‘most wanted’ armed robbery suspect because his lawyer went contrary to his instructions to inform the court he was beaten by police to confess to a gun heist.

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Dolphin injury cover-up costs Atlantis worker

Failing to record a bad “dolphin encounter”, and then trying to cover it up, cost an Atlantis middle manager his job - with the resort’s decision backed by two Bahamian courts.

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Court of Appeal to deliberate over Archer conviction appeal

THE Court of Appeal is currently mulling over whether to reinstate Ministry of Works Registrar Omar Archer’s appeal of his conviction for threatening a former assistant commissioner of police in a social media post some four years ago.

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Prosecutor assault trial adjourned despite objections

THE trial over allegations prosecutor Joel Seymour was attacked and injured by two brothers earlier this year was adjourned by more than a month yesterday due to the unavailability of senior counsel for the Crown.

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Six plead guilty in credit card fraud scheme

SIX people pled guilty to more than 20 fraud related offences in connection to a $13,000 credit card scheme in a Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

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Man convicted of unlawful sex to be sentenced in April

A WEST End man who was convicted in the Supreme Court in Grand Bahama of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor of the same sex will learn his fate at a sentencing hearing in early April.

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Driver’s apology for fatal accident

A MAGISTRATE ordered that a 38-year-old architectural draftsman pay the “maximum fine possible” of $10,000 or face six months in prison for killing a man in the course of dangerous driving last November.

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Haitians admit illegal landing

SEVEN Haitian nationals pleaded guilty to illegal landing in a Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

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I’m going to give you hope and a clean slate if you obey my conditions, magistrate tells teens

TWO young men who appeared in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court in connection with possession of a small quantity of dangerous drugs, namely Indian hemp, were given “hope and a clean slate” when a magistrate ordered them to attend a men’s mentoring programme instead of convicting them.

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Freeport man accused of 12 counts of housebreaking

A 28-year-old Freeport man accused of a string of housebreaking and stealing incidents in the Freeport and Lucaya areas was arraigned in Grand Bahama yesterday.

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Survivors of Abaco tragedy in court

TWO days after 22 of their countrymen were laid to rest, the 18 survivors of the Haitian sloop shipwrecked near Abaco earlier this month were yesterday charged with illegal landing.

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Dominicans accused of forging documents

TWO Dominican men accused of possessing fraudulent Bahamian documents were arraigned in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

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Exuma man detained after admitting possession of dangerous drugs

A 52-year-old man was yesterday arraigned in Magistrate’s Court yesterday in connection with the seizure of $97,000 worth of drugs last Friday.

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Three men face charges over three separate murders

THREE men were arraigned in Magistrate’s Court yesterday charged in connection with three of the country’s latest homicides.

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Man charged with trying to procure girl, 12, for unlawful sex

A 26-year-old man was arraigned in a Magistrate’s Court yesterday charged with one count of procuring a minor for the purpose of unlawful sexual intercourse.

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'5' or 'S': Firearm conviction overturned on technicality

A MAN’S conviction for having an illegal firearm has been overturned because of the appellate court’s uncertainty over whether the serial number of the firearm police said they found him with contained the number “5” or a capital “S”.

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Canadian man jailed for three years for smuggling heroin

A 54-year-old Canadian man was sentenced to prison on Friday for smuggling almost $10,000 worth of heroin into the Bahamas from London late last year in the hope of getting more than $3m in exchange.

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Man tells court he posted Facebook video 'to tell the world the truth'

A man testified on Friday that he used Facebook as a last resort to counteract the allegations made in a statement he said he was forced to give to police that implicated his cousin and two other men of executing a murder plot.

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Court of Appeal orders murder retrial

THE Court of Appeal has quashed the murder conviction of Javaro Davis who allegedly killed Rimardo Rolle, 27, at a nightclub in 2014.

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Three women deny charges of fraud against church

THREE women were remanded to prison yesterday after denying allegations that they defrauded a local bank of thousands of dollars belonging to a Seventh-day Adventist church last year.

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Haitian driver denied bail as he faces charges over car death

A 38-year-old Haitian man yesterday denied allegations that last month he struck and killed another man with a car he did not have permission to drive.

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Super Value faces $31,000 forklift injury damages

A Super Value customer could receive “substantial damages” worth over $31,000 after she was struck by a forklift while grocery shopping in its store, damaging her achilles tendon.

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I never had sex with boy, 14, accused tells jury

A MAN accused of unlawful sex with a 14-year-old boy in Grand Bahama took the stand yesterday, where at times he appeared agitated or flustered as questions were put to him by the prosecution concerning his arrest.

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Realtor appeals sentence for defrauding clients

APPELLATE judges are considering whether to accept a former realtor’s assertions that her six-year sentence for swindling 21 people out of over $144,000 in 2008 as part of a property scam should be cut in half.

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Cousin denies relative killed for cash

THE cousin of one of three men accused of executing a murder plot in the summer of 2016 yesterday denied assertions that his relative killed the deceased for cash, then used some of the blood money to buy a car.

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Grand Bahama businessman loses smuggled guns appeal

GRAND Bahama businessman Edward Barrett will remain behind bars for smuggling three guns and numerous rounds of ammunition through his import company three years ago, the Court of Appeal ruled yesterday.

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Two landlords are fined for renting unhygienic properties

TWO landlords were each fined upwards of $2,000 yesterday for the “unhygienic” practice of renting their dwelling spaces without a proper water supply, which ultimately led to the tenants defecating in buckets, discarding the waste on the property and then burning the fecal matter because they couldn’t flush it away.

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Court date set on ‘missing Marvin’

A MOTHER desperate for answers over the disappearance of her son will get her day in court later this month.

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Accused denied having sex with boy, police tell court

A LEAD detective in an unlawful sex investigation told the Supreme Court that Fred Williams denied having a consensual sexual relationship with a 14-year-old boy who he claimed had got his cellular phone number from his older brother and began calling him regularly.

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Accused told police 'he did not have sex with 14-year-old boy'

THE Grand Bahama man who is accused of having unlawful sex with a 14-year-old boy had told police he knew the complainant and had given him a ride in his car several times, but that he did not have sex with him, the Supreme Court heard Friday.

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Former police commissioner was wrong to fire officer

A SUPREME Court judge has ruled that former Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade was wrong for firing a police officer the day he was charged with kidnapping and raping a 17-year-old girl.

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‘My friend sobbed as he told of sex attack’

THE best friend of a 14-year-old boy who was allegedly sexually assaulted by a 45-year-old man told the Supreme Court the teenager cried after confiding to her about the assault.

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Eight women face jail after strip club swoop

EIGHT women, five of whom are Colombian, were committed to prison yesterday after failing to pay their collective $24,000 in fines for admitting to working as strippers in local nightclubs without a permit to do so.

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Relative of accused claims he was arrested and beaten by police

THE relative of one of three men accused of executing a murder plot almost three years ago claimed yesterday he was arrested in connection with a crime and beaten by police the month the killing occurred.

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Murder witness refuses evidence

A relative of one of three men charged in connection with a murder plot executed in 2016 yesterday refused to give evidence against the accused.

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My son's behaviour changed after attack – mother

THE mother of a 14-year-old boy who has accused a Grand Bahama man of unlawful sex said her son's "bubbly" behaviour changed in late 2016 when the alleged assault began.

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Jury hears opening statements in rape trial

The rape trial of Fred Williams, who is accused of having unlawful sex with a minor, opened in the Supreme Court in Grand Bahama yesterday.

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Supreme Court acquits man over teenage shooting

A Supreme Court jury unanimously acquitted a man yesterday of shooting a teenager in the head and killing him near a park on Flint Street seven years ago.

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New developer for $2.8bn Ginn revival

The former Ginn project’s $2.8bn revival could soon by led by a new developer with the Supreme Court on Friday confirming the removal of all legal obstacles to the deal proceeding.

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Seven Haitian nationals plead guilty to illegal landing

Seven Haitian nationals pled guilty to illegal landing in Marsh Harbour Magistrates Court on Thursday.

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Evans set free over Ambrose murder

CLINTON Evans, who was sentenced to life for murdering Detective Constable Jimmy Ambrose and trying to kill another officer almost 20 years ago along with Stephen “Die” Stubbs and Andrew “Yogi” Davis, was acquitted by majority decision yesterday by the Court of Appeal.

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Sentencing for man convicted of grievous harm adjourned

A LAWYER for convict Antonio “Snake” Symonnette, who was convicted of two counts of grievous harm in the Supreme Court, requested an adjournment of the sentencing hearing yesterday.

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Court of appeal reserves its decision on acting chief justice

THE Court of Appeal has reserved its decision on whether or not the acting chief justice was right to find that two police officers had no case to answer concerning the 2013 death of 20-year-old Aaron Rolle.

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Third man facing murder charge

A third man was charged in a Magistrate’s Court yesterday in connection with the country’s second murder of the year.

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Man charged with using rusty cutlass in robbery attempt

A 29-year-old man was charged in a Magistrate’s Court yesterday over allegations he choked and attempted to kill a woman on whom he used a rusty cutlass to rob of her cellphone last week.

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Convicted killer's retrial ordered

THE Court of Appeal has ordered a man be retried for murdering a former “most wanted” suspect eight years ago because of its “uneasiness” about the unreliability of a police sketch and other “inadmissible material” that ultimately led to his conviction.

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Officers sued over illegal detention

A MAN is suing the commissioner of police and three of his subordinates after police detained him for almost three days for having an illegal firearm and ammunition, which was later discovered to have possibly been planted by two of the officers who subsequently fabricated evidence to suggest they caught him with it.

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Renew CEO tells court he was not working in scrapyard

RENEW Bahamas CEO Michael Cox denied he was sitting on heavy equipment or that he was working at a local scrap yard when immigration officials arrested him last year.

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Former police officer loses appeal on fatal shooting

THE Court of Appeal has dismissed the appeal of a former police officer convicted of manslaughter in 2017 after killing a man while on duty.

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Murder trial adjourned

A CASE management hearing ahead of the murder trial of Leo Roderick Johnson has been adjourned until January 23.

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Pair in court over murder charge

TWO men were charged in a Magistrate’s Court yesterday in connection with the country’s second murder of the year.

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Haitian woman sent home after she used fake visa

A Haitian woman was ordered to be deported yesterday after she confessed to trying to enter the country last week with a fake Bahamian visa.

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Pair deny planning to supply $500,000-worth of marijuana

TWO men yesterday denied planning to distribute over $500,000 worth of marijuana they were allegedly caught with last week.

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‘Confused’ by $10m Bimini Bay verdict

An ex-Bimini Bay tenant has been left “very confused” by a verdict that permits the resort’s original developer to appeal the majority of a near-$10m damages award to the Privy Council.

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Two brothers deny attacking prosecutor

TWO brothers have denied attacking and injuring prosecutor Joel Seymour on Saturday, January 5, with their attorney accusing the Crown of launching a “malicious prosecution” against her clients.

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More than 100 Haitians face court

MORE than 100 Haitians were charged in court yesterday with illegally entering the country over the weekend.

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More than 50 Haitians admit trying to enter the country

MORE than 50 Haitian nationals were charged before a magistrate yesterday after being caught illegally entering the country via one of the northern islands last week, with some of them claiming to have paid $1,000 to be smuggled into the country.

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Bail for woman accused of assaulting policeman

A woman has been granted bail ahead of her trial over allegations she assaulted a police officer during a protest near the Sidney Poitier Bridge late last year.

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Another two dozen Haitians charged with illegal landing

TWO dozen Haitian migrants were arraigned in Magistrate’s Court yesterday, charged with illegal landing.

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Canadian man charged with possession of dangerous drugs

A CANADIAN man was charged with possession of 9.5 pounds of dangerous drugs in a magistrate’s court on Monday.

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116 Haitian migrants charged with illegal landing

116 Haitian migrants were charged with illegal landing in a magistrate’s court on Monday.

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Man charged with Malcolm Road murder

A 29-year-old man was arraigned in the Magistrate’s Court Friday in connection with a murder on December 21.

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Killer jailed for 40 years has court appeal rejected

A MAN sentenced to 40 years in prison for killing another man in a row over money has had his attempt at contesting his sentence dismissed by the Court of Appeal.

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Saintil to be deported next year

HAITIAN-Bahamian Edward Israel Saintil, who was targeted in an explosive FBI undercover operation into US visa fraud in the Bahamas, will be deported to this country following his sentencing early next year.

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Judge clears way for $2.8bn revival

The Supreme Court has cleared the way for the former Ginn project’s $2.8bn revival, and creation of up to 1,400 full-time Bahamian jobs, by declaring Old Bahama Bay’s lease “null and void”.

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Man charged with murder of couple

A 33-year-old man was charged in a Magistrate's Court yesterday with the murders of a couple who had just pulled up to an apartment in the Joan’s Heights area earlier this week.

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Officer told me they took Marvin

HUMAN rights group Rights Bahamas filed a writ of habeas corpus in the Supreme Court yesterday seeking to compel the Royal Bahamas Police Force to produce Marvin Pratt, 40, a Gambier Village resident police deny having in custody.

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Two men charged with murders

TWO men were arraigned in Magistrate’s Court yesterday, charged with two of the country’s most recent homicides.

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Man who stabbed technician to death has sentence cut

A MAN who stabbed a Cable Bahamas technician to death as he tried to protect his 10-year-old daughter during a home invasion on Grand Bahama 17 years ago has had almost 20 years shaved off his 60-year sentence.

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BAMSI workers accused of armed robbery

TWO farm workers at the Bahamas Agricultural and Marine Sciences Institute (BAMSI) were remanded to prison yesterday charged with robbing an Andros businessman at gunpoint of $8,000 last week.

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Visa suspect takes FBI deal

THE Haitian-Bahamian man at the centre of an explosive FBI undercover operation into visa fraud in The Bahamas has taken a plea deal, according to court filings.

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Internet sensation Jeremy Archer on indecent exposure charge

INTERNET sensation Jeremy Archer will stand trial next month accused of exposing himself inappropriately in a public place last month.

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Witness says gunman asked victim ‘You remember me?’ before shooting

A MAN had just bought tobacco products from a local tuck shop before he was shot dead in the Woods Alley area as part of an alleged murder plot two years ago, a Supreme Court jury has heard.

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Man jailed for shopbreaking, stealing, and causing damage

Moses Storr, 35, was sentenced to four years and six months in prison after pleading guilty in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court on Friday to charges of shopbreaking, stealing, and causing damage.

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Court of Appeal dismisses appeal of man who aided killing teenager

A MAN has had his hopes dashed for contesting his near 20-year sentence for aiding the person responsible for killing the teenage son of convicted drug traffickers Dwight and Keva Major four years ago.

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Poachers’ jail terms cut in half

MORE than 40 convicted Dominican poachers have had their one-year prison sentences reduced by half on appeal. The Court of Appeal ruled on Monday that the 45 poachers will now serve six months behind bars.

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Legal battle disrupts $2.8bn Ginn revival

A brewing legal battle has disrupted the $2.8bn revival of Grand Bahama’s former Ginn project and creation of up to 1,400 full-time Bahamian jobs, Tribune Business can reveal.

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US court orders visa scam mum deported

A BAHAMIAN mother of four, who was caught up in the FBI’s two-year undercover operation into US visa fraud in Nassau, was sentenced to time served and deportation in a federal court yesterday.

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Bahamian living in Atlanta flees during trial

A BAHAMIAN man living in Atlanta has been declared a fugitive in the United States, going missing days before a jury found him guilty of rape, aggravated sexual battery, child molestation and cruelty to children in the first degree.

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Justice of the peace accused of performing fraud marriages

A 60-year-old justice of the peace was charged yesterday with performing fraudulent marriages with some of the fake marriage certificates he allegedly had in his possession bearing the name of his co-accused.

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Major case delayed as attorney falls ill

DWIGHT Major’s $280,000 drug case was adjourned for another four days yesterday after his attorney told the court he was too ill to continue with the proceedings.

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Magistrate calls on police to probe mishandled evidence

A SENIOR magistrate has invited the commissioner of police to investigate the “questionable” investigation conducted by some of his subordinates, whom she said mishandled the physical evidence against a man brought up on criminal charges and never bothered showing up to testify in the criminal trial.

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20-year-old facing murder charge

A 20-year-old was charged yesterday with the murder of a man outside of a bar earlier this year.

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Six years on - where’s my money?

Bahamian justice has been denied a fully-modernised Supreme Court registry because of a six-year legal dispute over an alleged multi-million dollar breach of contract.

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I heard gun shots outside, witness tells murder trial

A WITNESS in a Grand Bahama murder trial told the Supreme Court yesterday that he saw a man running past his house shortly after hearing gunshots in the area of Hearn Lane in March 2016 when three persons had been shot inside a wooden shack.

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Arresting Officers found murder accused with gunshot wound

ARRESTING officers found murder accused Jesus Ramos on his father’s sofa, suffering from a gunshot wound in his right leg, a Supreme Court jury heard in testimony yesterday.

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Jamaican man jailed for overstaying

A JAMAICAN man whose fingerprints matched those of a man previously deemed an “undesirable” person by immigration officials has been sentenced to almost a year in prison for overstaying in the country.

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LAWFUL KILLING: Jury rules cops right to open fire on gunman

FOUR police officers were justified in executing a Grand Bahama man who shot and killed an innocent bystander near a liquor store seven years ago, a jury has found.

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Dingman hit by $863k award on eatery collapse

A Lyford Cay resident’s former business partners have obtained a collective $863,000 default judgment against him over the collapse of his Nassau restaurant empire.

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$1,000 fine for working without permission

A Jamaican man has been fined $1,000 after being caught mixing cement without the legal permission to do so earlier this month.

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Man accused of double murder and attempted killing

RENALDO Hudson, 20, is on trial in the Supreme Court for the armed robbery and the double murder of a man and woman and the attempted murder of another woman two years ago during a robbery in a Grand Bahama area known as “the ghetto”. After a length

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Haitian man accused of illegal landing by boat

A Haitian man who arrived illegally by boat to The Bahamas two weeks ago was charged with being in breach of the Immigration Act in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court yesterday.St Jude Pierre, 28, of Port de Paix, Haiti, appeared before Magistrate Rengi

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Witness misidentified men in ID parade, court hears

A KEY witness against Stephen “Die” Stubbs, Clinton Evans and Andrew “Yogi” Davis identified Evans as Stubbs during an identification parade almost 20 years ago, despite his claims that he had known Stubbs for almost a decade up to that point, appellate judges heard yesterday.

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Shareholder row hits Ansbacher purchase

Ansbacher (Bahamas) year-long efforts to acquire a rival Bahamian bank have been impacted by a bitter shareholder dispute at its target, a Court of Appeal ruling has revealed.The Hottinger and Vernes families, respectively majority and minority share

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BAIC tenant neglect to cost $94k

A $94,000 damages award against the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC) has been upheld after its neglect resulted in the violation of a tenant’s lease agreement.The Court of Appeal, in a unanimous verdict, threw out the Government

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New mass action over rights abuse

ATTORNEYS for 15 former detainees are suing the government for damages that could cost taxpayers millions.

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Suspect is accused of Okra Hill stabbing

HAROLD Taylor is accused of stabbing a man to death and wounding his girlfriend at the abandoned City Lodge building in Okra Hill on Tuesday of last week. The 34-year-old, of Shirley Street, was made to stand before Magistrate Kara Turnquest-Deveaux

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THREE BAILED OVER $4M DRUGS HAUL

A Supreme Court judge has granted bail to three men ahead of their trial over allegations they were caught with close to $4m worth of marijuana in waters off South Andros.The Tribune understands Justice Gregory Hilton granted Kenny Major, Patrick Bai

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Woman accused of stealing thousands from bank accounts

A “female wanted” suspect was charged on Friday in connection with allegations that she befriended elderly persons and later stole thousands of dollars from their bank accounts.

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NO CHALLENGE: Cop in unlawful killing cases fails to appeal

A POLICE officer found by the Coroner’s Court this year to have unlawfully killed two people in separate incidents has not appealed those rulings, drawing focus as to whether the Department of Public Prosecutions will pursue criminal action against him.

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Haitian woman came for three weeks and stayed for two years

A 28-year-old Haitian woman was fined $750 yesterday for turning what was supposed to be a three week visit into a two-year stay.Yolaine Remy was granted a 21-day stay in The Bahamas by immigration officers on May 22, 2016, but was never granted an e

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Frenchman had forged licences

A 36-year-old Frenchman was ordered to pay $3,000 yesterday after admitting to being caught with three forged driver’s licences at the Lynden Pindling International Airport earlier this week.Acting Deputy Chief Magistrate Subusola Swain sentenced Mal

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Man who swore at judge to be retried for murder

A MAN who cursed out a Supreme Court judge is to be retried for attempting to murder another man three years ago because the judge he berated did not allow him to change his lawyer during his trial, the Court of Appeal has ruled. Acting Appellate Pr

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Man denies defrauding 11 of $50,000 in vehicle scams

A 31-year-old man was charged in a Magistrate’s Court yesterday with defrauding 11 people of more than $50,000 in the furtherance of a vehicle scam, while operating under several names.Shane Mackey, aka Arnold Smith, Ashwood Bodie and Devargo Saunder

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DRIVER TO PAY $10K FOR PARKING PUNCH-UP

A HOTEL worker was yesterday ordered to pay a woman $10,000 for throwing her to the ground over a parking dispute near a Paradise Island parking lot last month.

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Attorney loses Colina battle

A Bahamian attorney has lost his battle with Colina Insurance Company after the appeals court rejected claims that his $150,000 life insurance policy had “unlawfully lapsed”.Dorsey McPhee, representing himself, had challenged Justice Indra Charles’s

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American woman and her brother charged with breach of Immigration Act

AN American woman accused of harbouring her brother illegally in the Bahamas was charged in the Magistrate’s Court on Friday for breach of the Immigration Act.

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Three charged in Freeport Magistrate’s Court

THREE men appeared in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court on Friday on a number of offences, including attempted armed robbery, assault with a deadly instrument, and causing grievous harm.

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Contractor fined $5,000 for fraud over merchandise

A CONTRACTOR was fined $5,000 yesterday or nine months in prison for his involvement in a scheme which defrauded two local businesses of thousands of dollars in merchandise.Shawn Moxey, 43, of Toote Shop Corner, stood before Magistrate Samuel McKinne

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Jamaican who 'fathered two children in Bahamas' deported

A Jamaican national was yesterday fined and ordered to be deported after pleading guilty to an immigration related offence.Gary Anthony Clarke, 43, of Westmoreland, Jamaica, appeared before Senior Magistrate Carolyn Vogt-Evans on a single charge of o

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MAN, 20, REMANDED AFTER HE IS CHARGED WITH MURDER

A 20-year-old man was sent to prison yesterday after being charged in the Magistrate’s Court with murder and attempted murder. Jeremy Thompson appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Subusola Swain accused of murdering Karo Bullard by means of unlawf

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US woman’s engagement ends in court

AN American woman was ordered to pay $2,000 in fines yesterday after admitting to assaulting and cursing two police officers because she was not allowed into The Bahamas to get engaged earlier this week.

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Rape charge

A Freeport man was charged with rape on Friday in the Grand Bahama Magistrate’s Court.Jamal Jeremy Lightbourne, 33, was arraigned before Deputy Chief Magistrate Debbye Ferguson. He was not required to enter a plea to the charge and was remanded to th

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49 Dominican men admit taking undersized grouper and crawfish

CLOSE to 50 Dominican poachers have admitted to illegally taking thousands of pounds of undersized grouper and crawfish from Bahamian waters over the weekend.

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Woman and teen charged with attempting to smuggle drugs into Department of Corrections

A 24-year-old woman and a teenager were charged in a Magistrate’s Court on Friday with attempting to smuggle drugs into the Bahamas Department of Corrections in a plate of food earlier this week.

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US sailor's murderers lose fight to go free

THE three men convicted of murdering American sailor Kyle Bruner during his attempt to prevent a robbery of two female tourists five years ago will remain behind bars, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

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'Die' Stubbs wins Privy Council appeal

STEPHEN “Die” Stubbs and two other convicts’ claims that an appellate judge ought to have recused himself from sitting on their appeal on the grounds of apparent bias are “well founded” and warrants the matter being reheard, the country’s highest cou

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Judges order ‘killer’ retried

THE Court of Appeal has ordered a retrial for a man previously convicted of stabbing another man to death five years ago.

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Man cleared of BTC robbery

A Supreme Court jury has acquitted a man previously accused of robbing a BTC store at gunpoint eight years ago.

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Businessman 'a sad case' says court

The “sad case” of a Freeport businessman, who paid off a company’s $103,259 mortgage debt only for the property to be sold from under him, has won “considerable” judicial sympathy.But the Court of Appeal said it was still unable to rule in Cyril Minn

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Nygard racks up new court setback

A Florida district judge’s decision to dismiss Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard’s lawsuit against an investigator hired by Save The Bays (STB) was upheld by a federal appeals court.

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KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF: Sir Frankie dealt blow over land ownership - but locals lose out too

Sir Franklyn Wilson, pictured, yesterday pledged that the Privy Council’s rejection of his development company’s claim to 2,086 acres “in no way changes our plans and commitment” to South Eleuthera.

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Pail accused of stealing $150,000 in car scam

TWO middle-aged men were arraigned in a Magistrate’s Court yesterday charged with stealing more than $150,000 in cash from two women as payment for vehicles that were never delivered. Maurice Sullivan, 51, and 40-year-old Farris Neely, aka Kevin Rol

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Second man charged with attempted armed robbery

A FREEPORT man was charged with attempted armed robbery and causing grievous harm on Monday in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court in connection with an incident at a web shop.Drexton Belony, 35, of Freeport, appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Debby

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Prison officer fined after being caught with drugs

A 21-year-old corrections officer and his cousin were both fined $2,000 yesterday for being caught with almost ten ounces of marijuana over the weekend that the former allegedly planned to deliver to someone at the Bahamas Department of Correctional

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Chips are down for Atlantis over $60k casino loss

A 29-year Atlantis veteran has recovered his termination pay after the Court of Appeal determined he was not guilty of “gross negligence” over the loss of $60,000 in casino chips.Acting appeal justice Sir Michael Barnett, in a unanimous verdict, rule

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Two charged with causing damage

TWO men were charged in the Freeport Magistrate's Court this week with causing damage. Joshua Garvey, 19, of West End, and Sheen Major appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Debbye Ferguson in Court Two.

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Call for govt to move with 'all convenient speed' to appoint chief justice

BAHAMAS Bar Association President Kahlil Parker has called on the government to move with “all convenient speed” in appointing a new substantive chief justice, claiming that it isn’t right for the third branch of government to be “headless indefinitely”.

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Judges order retrial in McCartney killing

THE Court of Appeal has ordered a retrial for the man convicted of killing prominent businessman Kurt McCartney while robbing him of his Hummer SUV five years ago.

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Evicted mother and daughter fined after returning to former home

A 50-year-old woman and her daughter were yesterday fined $50 by a magistrate for illegally entering their home almost two weeks after being evicted by the Bahamas Mortgage Corporation.Magistrate Carolyn Vogt-Evans ordered both Michelle and Deshanne

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Journal’s publisher in smear campaign

A SUPREME Court judge has ruled media boss Wendell Jones was involved in a smear campaign against Lyford Cay billionaire Louis Bacon, pointing to a cache of email correspondence between Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard and the Bahama Journal publisher.

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Three accused over ammunition

THREE people were charged in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court this week with possession of ammunition, while two of them were also charged with possession of dangerous drugs.Sandra Burkhart, 60, of Erickson Drive, Jessica Wallace-Whitfield, 29, of Ca

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Ex-officer jailed after hiding drugs in his socks

A FORMER corrections officer was sentenced to three months in prison yesterday after admitting to trying to smuggle drugs concealed in his socks into the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services late last week. Assistant Chief Magistrate Subusola

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Bank teller who stole from A D Hanna must pay $9,000 a year

A FORMER Bank of the Bahamas teller has admitted to stealing over $50,000 from former Governor General A D Hanna over a six-month period, and must pay over $9,000 a year until the debt is settled.Cameron Rolle Jr, as part of a plea agreement, was ord

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Privy Council vindicates Bahamasair personnel

Bahamasair’s maintenance staff were yesterday vindicated by the highest court in the Bahamian judicial system, which ruled they were not to blame for an April 20, 2007, plane crash.The London-based Privy Council, in reinstating the original Supreme C

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Court dismisses bid to contest 40-year sentence

THE Court of Appeal has dismissed a man’s bid to contest his 40-year sentence for murdering a webshop employee who was in the process of collecting deposit bags four years ago.

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Court acquits man given 15 years for role in armed robbery

THE Court of Appeal has acquitted a man previously sentenced to 15 years behind bars for the role he played in the fatal armed robbery of a Cash for Gold employee in Grand Bahama five years ago.

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Conch shell attacker found guilty of killing

A Supreme Court jury yesterday convicted a 24-year-old man for beating a 64-year-old man to death with a conch shell three years ago.

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Court to Minister: More clarity for labour disputes

The Court of Appeal has urged the Minister of Labour to provide greater clarity when referring trade disputes to the Industrial Tribunal, branding the present process “inadequate”.Acting appeal justice Milton Evans said it was “of fundamental importa

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Labour Day driver let out on bail

THE man whose truck allegedly mowed through a crowd during the Labour Day Parade and consequently caused the deaths of four women has been granted bail by a Supreme Court judge.

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Security guard: I saw man hit woman twice on head

A Paradise Island-based security guard yesterday testified how he witnessed a male Atlantis employee slam a woman on her head two consecutive times over a parking dispute and said the man would have done so a third time had he not intervened.Antonio

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Two accused of immigration offences

A BAHAMIAN man and a Jamaican woman were charged in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court for breach of the Immigration Act and other separate offences including possession of fraudulent Immigration documents.Raphael Miller, 44, of Watergate Apartments, an

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Two years in jail for marijuana

A 21-year-old man was sentenced to two years in prison yesterday after pleading guilty to being found in possession of nearly $300,000 worth of marijuana last week.Kendrick Humes was sentenced by Assistant Chief Magistrate Subusola Swain following hi

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Court set to block public commentary on Shane Gibson case

SUPREME Court Justice Indra Charles announced on Friday that preparatory steps were underway to bar further public commentary on the ongoing Shane Gibson bribery case.

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Nygard contempt sentencing adjourned

THE sentencing of Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard on contempt charges was adjourned on Friday to give his attorneys leave to file a recusal application against Supreme Court Justice Indra Charles.

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Judicial review bid rejected in case against URCA ruling

A SUPREME Court judge has refused Navette Broadcasting’s judicial review application in its case against the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA).

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Two accused of murders

TWO men were arraigned in Magistrate’s Court yesterday, accused of two separate murders.In the first matter, Mark Kemp, 39, of Cox Street, stood before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson Pratt faced with one count of murder concerning a Friday, August

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Island Luck worker accused of stealing $165,000

A 31-year-old Island Luck employee was charged in a Magistrate’s Court yesterday with stealing more than $165,000 from her employer over a four-month period.Christianna Taylor stood before Magistrate Derence Rolle Davis faced with six counts of steal

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Homeless drug addict begs for leniency after stealing air conditioning unit

A self-described homeless drug addict yesterday begged a magistrate for leniency after being convicted of shopbreaking and theft after he stole an air-condition unit from the Bahamas Football Association’s Bay Street storage facility.Leroy Bethel app

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Suspect 'accused cousin' of killing man and taking cash

A man accused of perverting the course of justice in a murder trial admitted to police that it was his cousin who killed the deceased near Woods Alley two years ago for cash, then used some of the blood money to buy a car.Carlderon Brown, 27, told po

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Legal debts could force Nygard sale

ENVIRONMENTAL activists are seeking a Supreme Court order to have Nygard Cay sold to satisfy the $2.2m debt Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard owes in legal costs from illegal dredging activities.

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Suspect shot dead ‘pointed gun at police’

A 22-year-old shot and killed by police in the Nassau Village community two years ago was not the person they were seeking to apprehend, according to police testimony on Friday.

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'Attacker looked like a psycho' before alleged assault on Paradise Island

THE woman allegedly assaulted near a Paradise Island parking lot earlier this month yesterday said her attacker looked like a “psycho” before he ultimately threw her to the ground over an apparent parking dispute.However, in response to suggestions f

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Bid for more time to challenge leniency of sentence denied

THE Crown’s bid at seeking more time to challenge the leniency of a man’s sentence for having sex with his lover’s 15-year-old daughter has been shot down by the country’s second highest court. Court of Appeal President Sir Hartman Longley, and fello

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Order for Super Value to pay former staff member $10k overturned

THE Court of Appeal has overturned an Industrial Tribunal’s order for Super Value to pay one of its former assistant managers $10,000 for firing him for gross negligence.The former manager reportedly said he was too tired from working a double shift

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John Bull raid suspect granted bail by court

ONE of two men accused of stealing over $900,000 worth of merchandise from a John Bull store in Grand Bahama while disguised as women, was granted $20,000 bail by a Supreme Court judge.Justice Bernard Turner granted Corradon Cockburn bail yesterday b

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Two face court after $30,000 cocaine find at airport

AN American man and a Bahamian man were both arraigned in Magistrate’s Court yesterday over allegations they were found with $30,000 worth of cocaine at the Lynden Pindling International Airport last week.Tony Dexter Pickett, 30, of Port Charlotte, F

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20-year sentence for shooting quashed

THE Court of Appeal has quashed the conviction and 20-year sentence of a man previously found guilty of attempting to murder another man as he and his friends sat in a car outside his residence five years ago.Appellate Justices Jon Isaacs, Roy Jones

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Robbery conviction quashed by court

THE Court of Appeal has quashed the 2015 armed robbery conviction of Deangelo Antonio due to “def