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Tourists with drugs must pay $450 or be locked up

TWO American tourists who were caught with $320 worth of marijuana must pay $450 to avoid spending a month locked up abroad.

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Murder trial adjourned over accused’s illness

A SUPREME Court judge yesterday adjourned the murder trial of a woman who was accused of fatally shooting a man over five years ago, after she indicated that she was not feeling well.

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Two more are charged over $250k drugs

TWO more men were charged yesterday with conspiring to possess dangerous drugs in connection with the seizure of $250,000 worth of marijuana from a Stapledon Gardens home last month.

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‘Tenant took cheque book’

AN elderly woman has accused one of her tenants of illegally obtaining her cheque book and writing several cheques in her own name over a three-month period.

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‘I broke in by accident’

A 22-year-old man who claimed he accidentally broke into a woman’s house because he was intoxicated and thought he was entering a relative’s home, was yesterday sentenced to six months in prison.

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Supreme Court refuses to strike out lawyer statement

A SUPREME Court judge yesterday denied a magistrate’s request to strike out a statement of claim made by a lawyer who was detained at the Magistrate’s Court after the judicial officer found her guilty of contempt four years ago.

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Man who left his brother bleeding given probation

A 32-year-old man who left his brother bleeding after he struck him in the head during a disagreement was yesterday placed on a year’s probation.

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Man denies injuring police officer

A MAN who denied injuring a police officer was yesterday granted bail before his trial.

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‘Stay away from alleged victim’

A SAN Salvador woman has been ordered to stay away from a woman she allegedly assaulted until the matter is fully ventilated in court.

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Tow truck driver: I did not knock down work colleague

A wheelchair bound tow truck driver denied knocking his colleague down with his vehicle when he was questioned in police custody, a court was told.

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Men accused of separate attacks

TWO men who denied harming a man and woman in separate incidents were both granted bail ahead of their trials.

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Teen in court over deadly shooting

A TEENAGER was yesterday charged with murder in connection with a shooting incident that left one man dead and a juvenile injured earlier this month.

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Suspect faces theft charges

A 28-year-old man accused of committing a number of car thefts and fraud offences over a four-month period will be outfitted with a monitoring device until his trial is completed.

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Nine people have police records expunged for minor offences

THE police records of nine people in Grand Bahama have been expunged for minor offences and Emergency Order violations.

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Man admits taking $872 found at Churchill Building

A MAN charged with stealing by discovery has been sentenced to probation after admitting to taking $872 he found at the Churchill Building, which is being demolished, according to press liaison officer Assistant Superintendent of Police Audley Peters.

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Appeal plan over invalid indictments

THE Department of Public Prosecutions intends to appeal a Supreme Court’s judge’s ruling that states that a rape accused’s voluntary bill of indictment was not valid as it was signed by an African prosecutor who was rejected for practice at the Bahamas Bar.

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Probation for woman who said she hit husband in self-defence

A 33-year-old woman who claimed she hit her spouse during an argument in an act of self-defence was yesterday placed on a year’s probation.

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‘Colleague hit me with his truck in parts row’

A tow truck driver yesterday testified of how an old colleague struck him with his truck after he confronted the man about parts that were stolen from his vehicle.

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‘Blind attorney’ loses over fresh $30m estate appeal

A Bahamian attorney who alleged he was “legally blind” has suffered another defeat in his bid to appeal sanctions imposed upon him relating to the management of a $30m estate.

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‘Stay out of trouble after $10 cocaine find’

TWO men found with a gram of cocaine were discharged on the agreement that they would stay out of trouble in the future.

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Woman told to avoid witnesses

A woman accused of grievously harming another woman was yesterday warned not to interfere with any of the witnesses involved in her case leading up to her trial.

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Three gave fake names when questioned

TWO men and a teenager who gave police fake names when they were stopped and questioned must complete 100 hours of community service to avoid spending a month behind bars.

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Now you can apply to get your records expunged

THE Rehabilitation of Offenders Committee has been directed to begin expunging the records of people convicted of breaking Emergency Orders, committee chairman Paul Farquharson said yesterday.

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Two accused over separate killings

A MAN and a teenager were yesterday charged with murder in two separate incidents.

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Man accused of gun possession

A FREEPORT man was charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition in Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

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$800 fine for marijuana

A MAN caught with more than $200 worth of marijuana must pay $800 to avoid spending three months on remand.

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Five in court over incident that ended in airport officer being shot

FOUR men and a woman were yesterday charged with conspiring to commit armed robbery in connection with an incident that resulted in an officer being shot at Lynden Pindling International Airport last week.

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‘It’s up to Golden Gates church members to decide council’

SUPREME Court Justice Ian Winder has ruled that it is up to the members of Golden Gates World Outreach Ministries to decide who will make up the church’s council, which in turn will be responsible for electing the executive committee that will manage the organisation.

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Defendants could be re-prosecuted if VBIs were signed by African prosecutor

ATTORNEY General Ryan Pinder revealed Friday that his team may have to re-prosecute defendants whose voluntary bill of indictments were signed by African prosecutor David Bakibinga.

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20-year manslaughter sentence quashed

THE Court of Appeal on Friday quashed the 20-year manslaughter sentence of a man who fatally stabbed another man he believed intended to rape him.

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Man accused of assaulting mother and son

A MAN slapped a 10-year-old boy before wielding a cutlass at the youngster’s mother, a court was told.

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Man who assaulted his girlfriend jailed for two months

A MAN who claimed he assaulted his girlfriend after she “put something in his drink” was sentenced to two months in prison on Friday.

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Vagrant jailed for breaking into liquor store, stealing alcohol

A VAGRANT who admitted to breaking into a liquor store where he stole an assortment of alcoholic beverages was on Friday sentenced to two years behind bars.

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Court chaos as prosecutor wasn’t approved for practice

SUPREME Court judge Deborah Fraser yesterday ruled that a rape accused’s voluntary bill of indictment was not valid as it was signed by an African prosecutor who was rejected for practice at the Bahamas Bar.

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Murder accused also faces charge of attack on officer

A MAN accused of committing murder will also stand trial for allegedly assaulting a police officer.

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Pair accused over guns and drugs

TWO men and a woman who denied being in possession of two loaded firearms and a quantity of marijuana will stand trial later this year.

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Man ‘hit his baby in face with beer bottle’

A MAN accidentally struck his baby in the face with a beer bottle after he stalked and tried to assault the young child’s mother earlier this year, a court was told.

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Canadian says he thought medical marijuana was legal

A CANADIAN who claimed he brought $230,000 worth of marijuana into the country because he was under the impression that medicinal marijuana was legal in The Bahamas was yesterday fined $50,000.

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Theft claim ‘was mistaken identity’

A man accused of stealing a woman’s purse five years ago vehemently denied the allegations as he gave closing arguments at the end of his trial.

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Canadian says he thought medical marijuana was legal

A CANADIAN who claimed he brought $230,000 worth of marijuana into the country because he was under the impression that medicinal marijuana was legal in The Bahamas was yesterday fined $50,000.

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Hundreds of Haitians charged in court

THREE hundred and sixty-eight Haitians were charged in an Inagua court on Monday with illegal landing.

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Rastafarian denies marijuana charge

A Rastafarian man who denied being found with $15,000 worth of marijuana seven years ago was yesterday granted bail ahead of his trial.

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Man who said he found stolen goods in garbage is acquitted

A MAN who said he was arrested after he was found with stolen goods that he had collected from a garbage can was yesterday acquitted after a magistrate ruled that the Crown failed to prove their case to a “requisite” standard.

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Omar Archer denied appeal on libel charge

THE Court of Appeal yesterday refused Omar Archer’s application for conditional leave to appeal a libel charge to the Privy Council, after ruling that his proposed appeal did not raise a “genuinely disputable issue”.

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Man accused of murder

A Haitian man has been charged in the Magistrate’s Court with murder.

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Man admits punching boyfriend of his ex

A MAN who admitted punching his former girlfriend’s boyfriend during an argument was yesterday placed on six months’ probation.

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Nygard consents to being extradited to the U.S.

CANADIAN fashion mogul Peter Nygard has consented to be extradited to The United States to face charges related to sex trafficking and racketeering, a court heard on Friday.

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Man charged with housebreaking, stealing, assault, causing damage

A 40-year-old Freeport man was charged in Freeport Magistrate’s Court on Thursday with housebreaking, stealing, assault and causing damage.

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$3,500 fine over marijuana

A man caught with $1,000 worth of marijuana and ammunition must pay $3,500 to avoid spending six months behind bars.

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Three accused over gun possession

TWO men and a woman who denied being in possession of a firearm they allegedly used to make an officer fear for his life were yesterday granted bail before their trial.

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Man held at airport with $90,000

FREEPORT - A man was arrested at the Grand Bahama International Airport with nearly $90,000 in US currency on Thursday.

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‘I was a minor’ claim in sex case

A TEENAGER has claimed he was a minor at the time he was accused of having sex with an underaged girl.

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Curfew for break-in accused

A 29-year-old man who denied breaking into another man’s house was yesterday placed on a daily curfew leading up to his trial.

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Discharge for woman over foul language

A magistrate yesterday discharged a woman who used foul language in the presence of officers who attempted to break up an argument between her and another woman.

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Man denies causing harm

A 26-year-old man who denied injuring a woman was yesterday granted bail ahead of his trial.

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Nine months jail for burglary

AN ex-convict who admitted breaking into a woman’s house and stealing an assortment of building supplies was yesterday sentenced to nine months in prison.

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Visitor must pay $1,500 or go to jail

A VISITING North Carolina man who admitted smoking cannabis cigarettes must pay $1,500 to avoid spending four months in prison.

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Man accused of using debit card in frauds

A 33-year-old man who denied using his debit card to defraud several business establishments of over $10,000 worth of goods was yesterday remanded to prison pending a bail hearing.

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Two accused of robbery and gun offences

TWO men were remanded to prison yesterday after they were accused of committing armed robbery and a number of firearm offences earlier this month.

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Jailed for possession of $250,000 of marijuana

A 38-year-old man who was found with $250,000 worth of marijuana was yesterday sentenced to three years in prison.

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Three deny assaults

THREE men who denied assaulting three women in separate incidents were granted bail on Friday before their trials.

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Man accused of grabbing woman’s breast

A 46-year-old man was on Friday remanded to prison accused of indecently assaulting a woman 20 years his junior.

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Man admits trespass

A 39-year-old man who admitted going on another’s man property without permission was on Friday put on a month’s probation.

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U.S. tourist caught with cocaine

AN American tourist caught with cocaine he claimed he purchased from a local taxi driver must pay $500 to avoid spending three months in prison.

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TWO FACE COURT OVER ATTACKS

TWO young men were charged in the Freeport Magistrate’s court yesterday with murder and attempted murder.

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Teenager admits having ammunition

A TEENAGER who admitted having an assortment of ammunition must pay $7,500 worth of fines if he doesn’t want to spend two years of his life behind bars.

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Murder suspect to face Supreme Court

A 31-year-old man accused of killing a man in Andros last year will answer to the charges in the Supreme Court next month.

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Police probe suspected suicide

ABACO Police are investigating an apparent suicide on that island on Thursday after a man was discovered dead at a residence in Marsh Harbour.

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‘Cash thief was caught on camera’

SECURITY footage showed a worker at a local automotive services company taking funds out of the cashier’s drawer and pocketing it, according to one of the establishment's managers.

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Man accused of indecent assault

A 63-year-old man who denied indecently assaulting a minor was yesterday granted bail before his trial.

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Court to appoint lawyer in sex case

A MAN seeking to challenge the sentence he received after he was convicted of having sex with a minor five years ago will receive a court-appointed lawyer for his appeal application.

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American jailed for cocaine in suitcase

A 31-year-old man caught trying to travel with cocaine that he claimed he found while jet skiing near Paradise Island was yesterday sentenced to one year in prison.

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Cashier ‘told police of her part in $500k scam’

ONE of four cashiers accused of collectively stealing nearly $500,000 from their employer over a two-year period admitted being a part of the scam when her home was searched by police, a court was told.

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Assault accused granted bail

A MAN who denied assaulting another man was yesterday granted bail before his trial.

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Man who took food and cash ‘when hungry’ sent to jail

AN Andros man who admitted breaking into several businesses on the island to steal cash and food because he said he was hungry and thirsty was yesterday sentenced to two years in prison.

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Court of Appeal affirms sentences of two men convicted of firearm charge

THE Court of Appeal has confirmed the sentences of two men convicted of using a firearm to put another man’s life in danger over seven years ago.

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Man accused of having sex with underaged girls

A 32-year-old man was yesterday remanded to prison over allegations that he had sex with two underaged girls earlier this year.

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Two deny having loaded pistol

TWO men who denied having a loaded pistol were yesterday sent to prison pending a bail hearing.

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Murder and attempted murder accused in court

TWO men were charged with murder and attempted murder in separate incidents in a Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

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Man claims he was arrested trying to turn in drugs

A MAN who claimed he was arrested after trying to turn in $20,000 worth of cocaine that he found on a beach was on Friday granted bail ahead of his trial.

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Court of Appeal refuses oil company's extension of time application

THE Court of Appeal has refused an extension of time application of an international oil company that was seeking leave to commence a judicial review of former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance K Peter Turnquest.

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Man changes plea over gun and drugs

A Grand Bahama man was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to a number of serious offenses, including possession of a firearm, ammunition and dangerous drugs in Freeport this week.

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$1k fine for man who tried to hide stash

A 27-year-old man who tried to hide his stash of marijuana when officers visited his home to search it was yesterday fined $1,000.

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25-year sentence upheld for robber of married couple

THE Court of Appeal has affirmed the 25-year sentence of a man who was convicted of robbing a married couple armed with a handgun six years ago.

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Man accused of defaming Gibson may have case dropped

A man accused of defaming Water and Sewerage Corporation executive chairman Adrian Gibson could have his case thrown out if the prosecution fails to get their witnesses to attend court.

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Fake COVID test accusation for suspect

A MAN is on trial for attempting to use a fraudulent COVID-19 test to travel earlier this year.

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$750k for unlawful detention

THE Supreme Court has awarded $751,900 to a Ghanaian man who was unlawfully detained at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre for nearly seven years after he travelled to The Bahamas from Jamaica for a three-week vacation.

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Pair accused of armed robbery

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

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Bahamasair ‘eight’: Seek 10% pay rise in new industrial deal

EIGHT Bahamasair senior flight attendants have been told by a Supreme Court judge to seek the 10 percent pay increase they are demanding through a revised industrial agreement instead of litigation.

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Initiative to tackle courts’ backlog

CHIEF Justice Sir Brian Moree announced yesterday there will be a major contract signing to address the court backlog some time before the end of November.

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Bail management system launched

THE Office of the Judiciary officially launched the Bahamas Bail Management System yesterday that aids in electronic bail applications.

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Stabbing sentence quashed

THE Court of Appeal has quashed the 18-month prison sentence of a man convicted of seriously injuring another man by stabbing him with a knife.

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‘Assault by police left me ruined’

A SECOND person who claimed police tortured him at the Governor’s Harbour Police Station for a crime for which he was never charged, yesterday said the incident not only caused him injury but contributed to him experiencing considerable financial loss.

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‘Get answer wrong you hang yourself’

A STORY of terror and brutality filled a courtroom yesterday as Chavette Strachan recounted how police officers allegedly tortured her for a criminal confession at Eleuthera’s Governor’s Harbour Police Station in January, 2018.

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Two accused of robbery plot

TWO women, accused of plotting to commit robbery, were sent to prison to await trial.

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Two accused of robbery plot

TWO women, accused of plotting to commit robbery, were sent to prison to await trial.

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$700 fine for marijuana and pills

A 26-year-old man caught with marijuana and Percocet pills must pay $700 to avoid spending four months behind bars.

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Five-year sentence for gun and drugs upheld

THE Court of Appeal yesterday confirmed the five-year prison sentence of a man convicted of illegal drug and firearm possession over four years ago.

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Expired passport reported stolen lands woman in court after flight

A WOMAN seeking permanent residency in the United States found herself in court after she returned to The Bahamas on an expired passport which she had previously reported as lost, the court was told.

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Theft accused to face November trial

A 22-year-old man accused of stealing nearly $30,000 worth of car parts from vehicles parked in a mechanic’s yard is set to stand trial in November.

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Police ‘found loaded gun’ on suspect

OFFICERS recovered a loaded gun from a man who fled when he noticed a marked police vehicle on patrol, a court was told.

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14-year-old says she was ‘indecently assaulted’

A 14-year-old girl has accused her cousin of caressing her near her private parts last year.

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Former Cabinet minister’s fraud trial adjourned again

THE fraud trial of former Cabinet minister Elma Campbell has been adjourned once again to ensure the magistrate presiding over the case enforces the mandatory COVID-19 safety protocols in his court.

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Man accused of sex with 15-year-old

A 31-year-old man was remanded to prison over allegations that he had sex with a minor.

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Woman admits falsely accusing boyfriend

A 26-year-old woman who falsely accused her boyfriend of assaulting her yesterday avoided receiving a criminal record after she owned up to her mistake and took responsibility for her actions.

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Three men accused over schoolteacher's death launch appeals

THREE men accused of killing a schoolteacher in a 2015 robbery gone wrong have launched separate appeals against their convictions and sentences.

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17-year-old denies assault with knife

A teenager who denied assaulting another with a deadly instrument was granted bail ahead of his trial.

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Teen who pushed cop told to behave

A teenager who tried to intervene in the lawful arrest of her brother must stay out of trouble for three months to avoid spending 30 days in prison.

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Teen who pushed cop told to behave

A teenager who tried to intervene in the lawful arrest of her brother must stay out of trouble for three months to avoid spending 30 days in prison.

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Couple deny having sex in public

A couple accused of having sex in public are set to stand trial at the end of this month.

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Man beat girlfriend who he blamed for getting him sick

A magistrate yesterday discharged a man who assaulted his girlfriend for getting him sick during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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‘It was inhumane to put me in cell with coughing man’

A FREEPORT woman who was charged with assault is claiming “inhumane” treatment after police allegedly put her in a male cell with a coughing man and ignored her requests to be transferred.

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Marine guilty of pulling gun on his ex-girlfriend

A Royal Bahamas Defence Force officer was convicted of pulling a gun on his former girlfriend and her new lover yesterday and has been ordered to pay $5,000 to avoid spending 18 months behind bars.

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Crocus sack had marijuana inside, officer tells court

AN officer found a crocus sack of marijuana in the backseat of an ex-convict’s car two years ago, a court was told.

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Prison sentence for voyeurs ‘too harsh’

THE Court of Appeal has quashed the six-month prison sentences imposed on two men who watched a woman have sex through one of the windows of her home.

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Marine guilty of pulling gun on his ex-girlfriend

A Royal Bahamas Defence Force officer was convicted of pulling a gun on his former girlfriend and her new lover yesterday and has been ordered to pay $5,000 to avoid spending 18 months behind bars.

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BOB secured $34,000 loan on stolen vehicle

Bank of The Bahamas secured a $34,000 loan on a vehicle despite being informed three days before that it had been stolen in Florida, a Supreme Court judgment has revealed.

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Marine accused of pulling gun says he was extorted

A MARINE accused of pulling a gun on his former girlfriend and her new lover yesterday claimed the couple tried to extort him of $5,000 to drop the charges.

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Man accused of defaming Davis walks free

A MAGISTRATE yesterday discharged the man accused of defaming Progressive Liberal Party leader Philip “Brave” Davis after the prosecution’s main witnesses failed to attend his trial to give evidence.

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‘Inciting a riot? He has no case to answer’

THE attorney representing a social media entertainer who was last year accused of inciting a riot yesterday argued that his client does not have a case to answer.

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Suspect faces attempted murder charge

A MAN was charged in the Magistrate’s court on Monday with attempted murder.

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‘I hit car that ran a red light’

A MAN said he “totalled” his car when he “t-boned” another vehicle that had run through a red light.

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Teenager accused of being a ‘Peeping Tom’

A TEENAGER accused of being a “Peeping Tom” was yesterday remanded to prison pending a bail hearing.

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Stolen wedding gifts found in ceiling of neighbour

A WOMAN’S stolen wedding gifts were found stashed in the ceiling of one of her neighbour’s homes, a court was told.

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Nygard suffers new court defeat

THE United States District Court for the Southern District of New York has dismissed a complaint by Peter Nygard made under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organisations (RICO) Act in the United States.

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Man acquitted over beer claim

A MAGISTRATE yesterday acquitted a man charged for patronising a bar earlier this year, after ruling the prosecution failed to prove their case.

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Officer says he found marijuana in boxes

A 37-year-old man accused of marijuana possession denied the allegations when he was questioned in police custody, a court was told.

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‘I took $1k of goods so I could play baseball with the kids’

A MAN told a court that he stole more than $1,000 worth of sporting equipment from a local school because he wanted to play baseball with the kids in his neighbourhood.

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Robbery suspect: You have the wrong person

A 25-year-old man charged with armed robbery yesterday claimed that police had arrested the wrong person.

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Suspect wins $160k for police assault

A MAN who was unlawfully arrested, beaten by officers and falsely accused of stealing his own possessions was awarded over $163,000 in damages by the Supreme Court.

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Sign of the times as man accused of stealing FNM election posters

A 41-year-old man accused of stealing nearly $500 worth of Free National Movement paraphernalia from the Mount Moriah constituency was charged in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

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$25 of marijuana? Fined 20 times the value

A 23-year-old man who was found with $25 worth of marijuana must pay 20 times that amount to avoid spending a month in prison.

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Man who denied having pistol granted bail

A 21-year-old man who denied having a loaded pistol was yesterday granted bail before his trial.

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Court upholds sentence for man who killed ex’s new lover

THE Court of Appeal has affirmed the nine-year manslaughter sentence of a man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend’s new lover nearly a decade ago.

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Man charged in connection with two separate murders, two attempted murders

A MAN was arraigned in a Magistrate’s Court in connection with two separate murders and two attempted murders on Friday.

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Couple plead guilty to child cruelty

A GRAND Bahama couple was convicted of child cruelty against a 15-year-old minor and fined more than $15,000 on Friday after pleading guilty in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court.

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Accused ‘fired six warning shots’ says police officer

A MAN fired six warning shots after a police officer tried to arrest him for pulling out a gun in a packed nightclub, a court was told.

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Abaco man accused of murder attempt

AN Abaco man was charged in the Magistrate’s court yesterday with attempted murder.

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Officer found marijuana blocks while looking for stolen building supplies

A POLICE officer testified yesterday of finding four packages of marijuana in a man’s home after conducting inquiries for stolen building supplies in his area.

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20-year sentence upheld for man who shot his victim in head in nightclub

THE COURT of Appeal has affirmed the 20-year prison sentence of a man convicted of fatally shooting another man nearly five years ago.

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Couple plead guilty to child cruelty charges

A COUPLE accused of child cruelty were arraigned on various serious child-abuse related charges in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

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Man accused of manslaughter

A 36-YEAR-OLD man was charged with manslaughter yesterday.

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AG’s office wins damages court fight

THE Office of the Attorney General was successful in challenging a Supreme Court judge’s decision to award three men and a local non-profit group at the centre of an international fraud allegation damages for constitutional breaches.

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Car battery explanation lands man in court

A 64-YEAR-OLD man who could not give a satisfactory account of how he came to possess a car battery was yesterday placed on probation for six months.

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Ngumi wins increased damages - but only $750K for illegal detention

THE Court of Appeal yesterday increased the damages awarded to Kenyan native Douglas Ngumi to $750,950 after he challenged the figure originally awarded to him for his unlawful six-and-a-half-year imprisonment at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre.

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Repeat offender to face investigation

A MAGISTRATE yesterday ordered the Department of Social Services to conduct an investigation on a repeat drug offender who admitted struggling with marijuana addiction.

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Pair in human trafficking case to learn trial date

A MAN and woman who were accused of conspiring to sexually exploit two teenage girls through human trafficking will learn their new trial date on Friday.

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Indecent assault charge

A 23-year-old man, who denied indecently assaulting a minor, was yesterday remanded to prison pending a bail hearing.

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‘Pay up for breaking AC’

A CONTRACTOR who damaged his ex-girlfriend’s AC unit was yesterday ordered to attend anger management classes and pay for the repairs.

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No extension for thief’s appeal bid

THE Court of Appeal yesterday refused the extension of time application of a man attempting to appeal the sentence he received for breaking into a humanitarian aid organisation in Abaco to steal building supplies.

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Activists in new court filing over oil drilling

TWO leading environmental groups have filed a Supreme Court application to discontinue a judicial review of the government’s approvals concerning Bahamas Petroleum Company’s exploratory drilling in Bahamian waters.

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Mother of seven jailed for four months

A MOTHER of seven who failed to report the abuse of two of her young children was on Friday sentenced to four months in prison.

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Tourist pleads guilty to possession of marijuana

AN American tourist who was found with 10 grams of marijuana must pay $500 to avoid spending three months locked up.

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Man denies damaging woman's vehicle

A 31-year-old man who denied damaging a woman’s vehicle after trying to pry off a car part was on Friday granted bail before his trial.

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‘Stay out of trouble or be fined’

A 27-year-old man who was caught smoking marijuana must stay out of trouble for six months to avoid being fined.

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Man accused of stabbing

A 25-year-old Grand Bahama man was charged with causing grievous harm in connection with a stabbing incident on Grand Cay, Abaco.

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Teacher on sex charge

A 39-year-old Grand Bahama primary school teacher was accused in the Freeport Magistrate’s court yesterday of having sex with an underaged girl.

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58-year-old accused of rape

A 58-year-old man was yesterday charged with rape.

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Man denies having loaded gun

A 21-year-old who denied having a loaded pistol was yesterday remanded to prison pending a bail hearing.

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Man denies breaking into fish fry

A MAN found with goods stolen from an Arawak Cay restaurant vehemently denied breaking into the Fish Fry stall.

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Administrator denies $100K bakery fraud

AN office administrator who denied defrauding a local bakery of more than $100,000 was yesterday granted bail before her trial.

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$140k of cocaine found by officer in shipment box

A CUSTOMS officer discovered $140,000 worth of cocaine in a shipment box addressed to a man who was wanted by police for more than a year, a court was told.

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Indecent assault accusation

A 23-year-old who denied indecently assaulting a woman was yesterday granted bail ahead of his trial.

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Marijuana seller must pay $3K or go to jail

A MAN who admitted selling marijuana must pay $3,000 to avoid spending nine months behind bars.

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Teen accused of murder

A 17-year-old boy was charged with murder yesterday.

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Immigration officer ‘told police they couldn’t lock her up’

AN immigration officer told police they could not lock her up after they tried to detain her for interfering with a lawful arrest, a court heard.

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Haitian man forfeits $20,000

A HAITIAN man who failed to declare nearly $20,000 in cash when he attempted to travel back to his home country had his money forfeited to the Crown yesterday.

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$350 fine for gathering

A 23-year-old man who admitted attending a get-together earlier this year in violation of the COVID-19 Emergency Powers Orders was yesterday fined $350.

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Two accused of attempted murder

TWO men were charged with attempted murder in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

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Marijuana found in U.S. man’s home and boat

POLICE recovered a quantity of marijuana from an American man’s boat and home earlier this month, a court was told.

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COVID ambassador saw ‘red flag’ on test

A COVID-19 ambassador yesterday testified of noticing a red flag on the COVID test of a man who was attempting to travel earlier this year.

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Man accused of abducting teen

A 45-year-old man who denied abducting a teenage girl who was reported missing was yesterday granted bail ahead of his trial.

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Pair behind bars as they wait bail ruling

TWO men who claimed they stabbed a third man in self-defence were yesterday remanded to prison pending their bail hearing.

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Woman denies trying to run man over

IN the Magistrate’s court today a woman denied trying to run over a man with a car on Friday.

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Second officer testifies about recovering loaded gun

A SECOND police officer on Friday testified of recovering a loaded gun from the underwear of a man who denied being in possession of an unlicensed firearm during his first court appearance.

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Man denies damaging, stealing vehicles

A MAN who denied damaging and stealing the vehicles of two women was granted bail on Friday before his trial.

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Men charged in connection with fight video

SEVERAL men were charged before a Freeport Magistrate’s court Friday after a video of a group of men fighting went viral on social media.

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Teen gets 18 months for loaded pistol

A TEENAGER who was found with a loaded pistol was yesterday sentenced to 18 months in prison.

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Man jailed for repeated sex with 15-year-old

A MAGISTRATE yesterday sentenced a 21-year-old man to 18 months in prison after he admitted having sex with a teenager.

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High-speed chase ends with $1,800 fine for marijuana

A 40-year-old man who led police on a high-speed chase while attempting to evade arrest was yesterday fined $1,800 for marijuana possession.

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Man accused of threat to kill cop and his family

A MAN threatened to break into a police officer’s house and murder him and his entire family, a court heard yesterday.

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Bank ‘hopelessly deficient’ on $600k loan guarantee

Bank of The Bahamas’ “hopelessly deficient case” has left it unable to enforce a guarantee for a near-$600,000 delinquent mortgage owed on a property in south-west New Providence’s Coral Vista subdivision.

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$5,000 fine for man who defamed girlfriend online

A MAN who defamed his former police girlfriend online because he believed she was responsible for the deaths of his friends was yesterday fined $5,000.

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Fishermen prove they had correct licence

A magistrate yesterday discharged four fishermen who were accused of fishing with prohibited apparatus after they were able to prove they had the appropriate licence to do so.

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Thief has more than a year cut off sentence

THE Court of Appeal yesterday reduced the sentence of a man who was convicted of stealing an assortment of items from a woman almost two years ago.

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Child was sitting in back seat next to $42k of marijuana

POLICE officers found two men and a young child riding in the Carmichael Road area with $42,000 worth of marijuana in the back seat, a court was told yesterday.

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Couple arrested after marijuana find

A FREEPORT couple were arrested by police following the discovery of suspected marijuana at a residence on Friday.

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Bar owner sold numbers without licence

A MAGISTRATE is set to determine the fate of a businessman who sold numbers at his bar without a valid licence.

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Man accused of raping child

A MAN was charged in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday with the rape of a minor.

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Man awaits psychiatric test

A MAN whose arrest by police was widely seen on social media was yesterday remanded into custody pending a psychiatric evaluation.

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Two in court on drug charges

A 23-year-old and a minor were charged in the Magistrate’s Court on two counts of possession of dangerous drugs with intent to supply.

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Mexican tourists plead guilty to assault

THREE Mexican tourists went before the Magistrate’s Court on Friday, each having to pay $100 after pleading guilty to assault. After making the payment, they will be granted an absolute discharge.

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Man accused ex-girlfriend in series of degrading posts

A MAN uploaded degrading posts of his former girlfriend online because he believed she was responsible for the murders of his friends, a court heard yesterday.

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Teen admits stabbing stepfather in argument

A TEENAGER who admitted stabbing his stepfather about the body during an argument was yesterday sentenced to 18 months in prison.

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$2,500 fine for man who bought stolen electronics

A man who admitted purchasing an assortment of electronics which were stolen from a woman’s home was yesterday fined $2,500.

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Officer testifies in marijuana case

A police officer yesterday testified of finding a quantity of marijuana at a man’s residence last month.

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Man ‘cut ex-girlfriend’s wrist with box cutter’

A MAN cut his former girlfriend on the wrist with a box cutter during a drunken rage, a court was told yesterday.

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Man told to pay $500 marijuana fine

A MAN caught with a quantity of marijuana earlier this month must pay $500 to avoid spending three months behind bars.

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Former ministry employee withdraws fraud appeal

A FORMER Ministry of Finance employee who was found guilty of defrauding the ministry of more than $250,000 has withdrawn his appeal that sought to challenge his conviction.

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‘Die’ Stubbs murder sentence is slashed

THE Court of Appeal yesterday reduced the 45-year murder sentence of Stephen “Die” Stubbs by ten years.

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Coroner’s court has still to reconvene

THE Bahamas has not had an inquest into a police-involved killing in at least 17 months, despite having one of the highest rates of police-involved killings in the world.

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19 migrants plead guilty

NINETEEN migrants found onboard a vessel at sea were charged with illegal embarkation in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court this week.

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Burglary accused given bail

A MAN who denied breaking into a woman’s house to steal an assortment of cash was yesterday granted bail ahead of his trial.

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Pair granted bail in prostitution trial

TWO men who denied conspiring to exploit a woman through prostitution were yesterday granted bail ahead of their trial.

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A year in jail for teen who stashed loaded gun

A TEENAGER who admitted to stashing away a loaded pistol was yesterday sentenced to a year in prison.

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Conch shell killer gets sentence reduced by ten years in appeal

THE COURT of Appeal has quashed the 30-year sentence of a man who was convicted of bludgeoning another man to death with a conch shell over five years ago.

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Marine ‘pulled gun on ex’

A MAGISTRATE yesterday ruled that a Royal Bahamas Defence Force marine who was accused of pulling a gun on his former girlfriend and her new lover has a case to answer.

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Man denies drug and gun charges

A MAN who denied growing marijuana plants and being in possession of an unlicensed firearm was yesterday granted bail ahead of his trial.

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Man ‘hit love rival with cutlass’

A MAN “chapped” his former girlfriend’s new lover in the back of his head with a cutlass, a court was told yesterday.

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Suspect in bathroom escape bid

A SUSPECT pretended he had to use the bathroom in an attempt to escape a local police station, an officer testified yesterday.

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Man fined for violating bail conditions

A MAN who claimed he violated his bail conditions because he left his residence to “cool down” after getting into an argument with his girlfriend was on Friday fined $2,500.

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Second man charged in connection with shooting death

A SECOND man was Friday charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of another man at a local car wash over the Independence holiday weekend.

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Comedian 'used megaphone to encourage crowd to throw mace out'

A POLICE officer on Friday claimed that local comedian Wellington Roberts, Jr, used a megaphone to encourage a crowd of people to “throw the mace out of the House of Assembly” during a protest at Parliament last year.

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Man says he took puppy in tit-for-tat revenge theft

A 34-year-old man who said he took his cousin’s puppy after he allegedly stole his pet dog was yesterday discharged with a warning.

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Schoolteacher murder appeals are adjourned

THE Court of Appeal yesterday adjourned the substantive hearing of the appeals of three men who are seeking to challenge the convictions and sentences they received after they were tried for the robbery and murder of a schoolteacher in 2015.

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Govt bid to stay ruling on citizenship denied

THE Court of Appeal has denied the government’s application to stay the effect of its ruling affirming Supreme Court Justice Ian Winder’s landmark decision on citizenship rights in The Bahamas.

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Luxury goods retailer locked in $34m battle

A local luxury goods retailer is locked in a furious $34m legal battle with an overseas supplier who is asserting that the dispute threatens “to ruin the name of The Bahamas” if not resolved.

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Child abductor given probation

A SUPREME Court judge recently sentenced a woman who in 2019 abducted four boys and attempted to kidnap a fifth one to three years’ probation.

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Drug smugglers fail in challenge

THE PRIVY Council advised the dismissal of the appeal of alleged drug smugglers who sought to challenge their extradition to the United States to stand trial for a host of drug trafficking offences.

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Man denies stealing from car

A 38-year-old man who denied breaking into a woman’s car and stealing $2,000 worth of items was yesterday granted bail ahead of his trial.

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Pickpocket offered women rides then took their cash

AN HABITUAL offender who stole money from two elderly women after offering to give them rides had her case adjourned to September pending an evaluation from the Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre.

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Court lawyer to represent man who killed godmother

A MAN seeking to challenge the sentence he received for strangling his 49-year-old godmother and leaving her dead in a bathtub will receive a court-appointed lawyer for his appeal application.

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Two men face court on murder charges

TWO men were charged with murder yesterday in connection with two separate incidents that occurred over the Independence Day holiday weekend.

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Trying to stop arrest ends up costing $525

A WOMAN who tried to prevent her teen relative from being arrested must pay $525 to avoid spending a month behind bars.

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$1,000 or three months in jail for marijuana charge

A 21-year-old man who was caught purchasing marijuana must pay $1,000 to avoid spending three months in jail.

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Man pleads guilty to housebreaking and stealing

A MAGISTRATE is to determine the fate of a man who admitted to breaking into a woman’s house and stealing an assortment of cash earlier this year.

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Police officer 'found firearm, drugs at man's home'

A POLICE officer on Friday testified as to how he found a firearm and a quantity of drugs at a man’s residence last year.

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Man ‘stabbed his landlord in neck’

A TENANT stabbed his landlord in the neck multiple times during a confrontation last month, a court was told yesterday.

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Bail granted for customs broker in $2.5m fraud case

A CUSTOMS broker who denied stealing from and defrauding Cable Bahamas of more than $2.5m over a 12 month period was yesterday granted bail ahead of her trial.

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Man filmed fighting policeman jailed for eight months

THE 23-year-old man who was filmed fighting an officer who attempted to arrest him over a traffic violation was yesterday sentenced to eight months in prison.

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Govt olive branch on citizenship cases

THE government has offered not to detain or deport any person from The Bahamas who claims to be entitled to citizenship under Article 6 of the Constitution pending the Privy Council’s ruling on the Court of Appeal’s recent citizenship decision as long as the Court of Appeal simultaneously stays the effect of its ruling.

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30-year sentence stays for trying to kill ex-girlfriend

A MAN who was convicted of trying to murder his ex-girlfriend has been unsuccessful in appealing his 30-year prison sentence.

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Former postal chief tells of passbook ‘discrepancy’

A FORMER Acting Postmaster General testified yesterday that the passbook copies Bahamian businessman Rudolph “Rudy” King submitted when a discrepancy was found in his account did not appear to be genuine.

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Woman denies helping to launder money

A 46-year-old woman who denied helping another person launder nearly $50,000 into a foreign country was yesterday granted bail ahead of her trial.

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Man accused of setting fire to church

A 22-year-old man was denied bail yesterday over allegations he set fire to a local church.

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‘Vigilante’ attack

A MAGISTRATE is set to determine the fate of a 21-year-old man who claimed he assaulted another man because he believed his father was a sex offender.

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SUSPECT FACES FIVE MURDER CHARGES: Accused due in court for killings as police detain other gunmen

A MAN accused of five murders will face court today over a series of killings dating back to 2018.

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Man charged with armed robbery

A MAN was remanded to prison on Friday after he was charged with armed robbery.

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Man who denies pointing gun at officers given bail

A 26-year-old man who denied pointing a firearm at two police officers earlier this month was yesterday granted bail ahead of his trial.

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Man caught on film fighting policeman awaits sentence

A 23-year-old man who was filmed fighting an officer who attempted to arrest him over a traffic violation was yesterday remanded to prison pending a magistrate’s sentencing.

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Suspect charged with June murder

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

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U.S. man told to pay $400 or go to jail

AN American man who was found with a small bag of marijuana must pay $400 to avoid prison.

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15-year sentence for robbery is quashed

A MAN who was convicted of robbing a gas station of $1,500 over five years ago had his 15-year sentence quashed by the Court of Appeal after the panel ruled the “misrepresentation” of the evidence by the judge during her summation of the case was “fatal” to him receiving a fair trial.

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$1,000 fine for running bar after curfew

A businessman who was caught running a bar after curfew hours earlier this year was yesterday fined $1,000.

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‘I grew marijuana by accident’

A 32-year-old man who was found with several marijuana plants claimed they accidentally sprouted when he threw the seeds out after smoking.

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Woman threatened relative in texts

A 27-year-old woman who threatened to harm a relative in text messages must stay out of trouble for two months to avoid spending a week behind bars.

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Officer tells of finding marijuana in search

A POLICE officer on Friday testified about finding a quantity of marijuana in a home that he and his team executed a search warrant on last year.

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Man in tears after being found not guilty of sex with boy

A MAN was brought to tears yesterday after a Supreme Court jury found him not guilty of having sex with a three-year-old boy in November 2019.

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Attempted murder conviction quashed, sentence set aside, new trial ordered

THE Court of Appeal yesterday set aside the 35-year sentence of a man who was convicted of attempting to murder three men at a cemetery in East Grand Bahama over three years ago.

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Govt can appeal citizenship - but no ruling on stay

THE Court of Appeal granted the government leave yesterday to appeal a landmark citizenship ruling to the Privy Council, but did not rule on whether to stay the judgement.

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Sebas blocked over Sun Cash takeover

Sebas Bastian’s investment house yesterday saw its bid to seize control of a Bahamian digital payments provider blocked by the Supreme Court.

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Jury to start deliberations in child sex case today

A MAN accused of having sex with a three-year-old boy will soon learn his fate after a Supreme Court judge gives a summation of the case today before turning it over to the jury for deliberation.

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Two face court accused over separate murders

A MAN and a teenager were yesterday charged with murder in connection with two separate matters.

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Marijuana conviction quashed

THE Court of Appeal yesterday quashed the conviction of a man who was previously fined $10,000 after he pleaded guilty to marijuana possession with the intent to supply.

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16-year-old accused of murder remanded

A JUVENILE was remanded to the Simpson Penn Centre for Boys yesterday after being charged with murdering a man in the Garden Hills area earlier this month.

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‘Pay $300 or go to jail’ over three grams of marijuana

A 36-year-old man was yesterday ordered to pay $300 or spend a month in prison after he was found with three grams of marijuana.

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Accused will face child sex charge

A MAN who denied having sex with a three-year-old boy was told by a Supreme Court judge that he does have a case to answer.

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Investigator ‘shocked’ at arrest for Davis defamation

A POLICE sergeant testified in Magistrate’s Court yesterday about his role in arresting private investigator Oswald Poitier for libel allegations made against him by Progressive Liberal Party Leader Philip “Brave” Davis.

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AG’s office seeks stay on citizenship ruling

THE Office of the Attorney General on Friday filed documents asking the Court of Appeal to stay Supreme Court Justice Ian Winder’s consequential ruling on citizenship rights and to grant leave for the ruling to be appealed to the Privy Council.

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Haitian man accused over deaths at sea

A HAITIAN man was arraigned on manslaughter charges in Freeport yesterday in connection with the deaths of two Haitian migrants in waters off Grand Bahama.

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Man punched police officer

A MAN who assaulted a police officer after punching another man in the face while they were both detained in police custody was yesterday fined $200.

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Teenager accused of murder

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

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Nygard faces legal fight to stop seizure of properties

FASHION mogul Peter Nygard is facing more legal problems as the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York moves to seize five California properties connected to him, including a Marina del Rey condo where he hosted some of his infamous “pamper parties.”

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Man charged with housebreaking, stealing and receiving

A 31-year-old man was remanded to prison on Friday after being charged with several housebreaking and stealing incidents.

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Bail for man who denied assaulting sister

A 43-year-old man who denied assaulting his sister earlier this week was on Friday granted bail ahead of his trial.

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Woman pleads not guilty to assault

A HAITIAN woman was granted $3,000 bail on Friday after pleading not guilty to assaulting another woman last month.

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Officer’s killer - or innocent?

THE lawyer for a Royal Bahamas Defence Force officer accused of murder said the prosecution’s case was not fully investigated and that his client, who has maintained his innocence, had nothing to hide.

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Six years for thief

A REPEAT offender who claimed he went on a stealing spree to support his two children and unborn baby was yesterday sentenced to six years behind bars.

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Teenager charged with rape and armed robbery

A THIRD teenager was charged yesterday with the rape and armed robbery of a 47-year-old woman.

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Witness tells court that suspect visited his nightclub

A RETIRED petty officer yesterday testified how Able Seaman Jevon Seymour stopped by his nightclub on the morning Petty Officer Percival Perpall was shot dead at Government House.

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Overstay by ten years? Pay $3,000 or go to jail

A HAITIAN man who overstayed his welcome in the country for over a decade must pay $3,000 to avoid spending six months behind bars.

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Bid to block foreign fishermen ban fails

Top fisheries processors, boat owners and foreign workers have lost their bid to block the Fisheries Act’s implementation despite arguing it would cause the “possible collapse or bankruptcy of their businesses”.

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BIRTH RIGHT: Judges uphold landmark ruling over citizenship for Bahamian men’s children

THE Court of Appeal has affirmed a landmark Supreme Court ruling allowing Bahamian men to automatically pass citizenship to their children, regardless of whether their child is born out of wedlock to non-Bahamian mothers.

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Accused: I wasn’t angry with officer

ABLE Seaman Jevon Seymour denied being angry with Petty Officer Percival Perpall for reporting him absent without leave when he was questioned in police custody following the marine’s murder, a jury heard.

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Teens accused of rape of 47-year-old woman

TWO teens, one of which is a minor, were taken to court yesterday to face charges in connection with the rape and armed robbery of a 47-year-old woman.

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Police officer tells of injured guard at night club

A POLICE officer testified yesterday how she met an injured security guard restraining a man when she responded to an altercation in the parking lot of a night club last year.

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Former bank employee accused of stealing over $50,000 from customer accounts

A FORMER First Caribbean Bank employee was arraigned in Magistrates Court on Friday for allegedly stealing over $50,000 from customer accounts over a nearly three-year period.

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Woman in court on fraud-related charges

A 28-year-old woman was re-arraigned in Magistrate’s Court on Friday on several fraud-related charges.

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9mm pistol used to kill RBDF officer on duty at Govt House

A 9mm pistol was the weapon an assailant used to kill Petty Officer Percival Perpall, according to the former director of the Forensic Science Unit of the Royal Bahamas Police Force.

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Pair deny public sex charge

A MAN and woman who denied having sex in a public place were yesterday granted bail ahead of their trial.

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Haitian jailed for migration

A HAITIAN man who admitted illegally migrating to the country to secure a better way of life was yesterday sentenced to two months in prison.

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Court hears of officer injuries

A FORENSIC pathologist testified yesterday that Petty Officer Percival Perpall had multiple injuries at the time of his death, including a lung contusion, a fractured vertebrae and a “collection of blood” in his chest cavity.

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Police corporal found Petty Officer ‘motionless’ with bullet wounds

A POLICE corporal testified yesterday that he found Petty Officer Percival Perpall “motionless” and slumped over on a couch with bullet wounds to his upper body when he responded to a shooting incident at Government House in 2019.

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US businessman denies having pistol and ammunition

AN American businessman who denied having a .9mm pistol and a large quantity of ammunition was yesterday granted bail ahead of his trial.

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Marine says he hid behind desk to avoid being shot

MARINE Seaman Calvin Hanna hid behind an office desk in Government House’s guardroom to avoid being shot by another marine who is accused of killing their superior in 2019, a jury heard.

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Marine says he hid behind desk to avoid being shot

MARINE Seaman Calvin Hanna hid behind an office desk in Government House’s guardroom to avoid being shot by another marine who is accused of killing their superior in 2019, a jury heard.

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Murder conviction overturned

THE Court of Appeal has overturned the 2019 murder conviction of Tyrone James Francis and replaced it with manslaughter. The court, in a ruling posted on its website on Thursday, has remitted the matter to the trial judge for resentencing.

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Ghanaian admits fake marriage

A GHANA native was fined after he pleaded guilty to entering into a false marriage with a Bahamian woman.

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AG’s Office in ‘inexcusable’ blunder on $1.5m freeze

An “inexcusable” blunder by the Attorney General’s Office and its US counterparts has resulted in the Court of Appeal refusing to refreeze the alleged $1.5m proceeds from an international fraud.

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Defence Force rape case dropped over ‘inconsistencies’

A RAPE case against a Royal Bahamas Defence Force officer was dropped due to “inconsistent evidence,” according to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

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Jailed for a year over unlicenced firearm

A 28-year-old who admitted to having an unlicenced firearm and illegal ammunition was sentenced to a year in prison yesterday.

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Absolute discharge over $50 store theft

A 34-year-old who admitted to stealing over $50 worth of items from a department store last week was granted an absolute discharge yesterday.

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‘I was drunk when I made death threat’

A 53-year-old man was arraigned yesterday after threatening to kill a man last week.

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Man ‘stole to support crack cocaine habit’

A FREEPORT man who pleaded guilty to multiple thefts to support his “crack cocaine” habit was sentenced to two years in prison yesterday.

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Freeport man accused over gun and drugs

A 34-year-old Freeport man was charged in Grand Bahama on gun, ammunition and drug possession charges yesterday.

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Prosecutors allege Rudolph King defrauded Post Office of more than $650,000

RUDOLPH King was re-arraigned on fraud charges in the Magistrate’s Court Thursday, with prosecutors increasing the amount of money he allegedly defrauded from the General Post Office to more than $650,000.

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Car salesman told to pay back stolen money

A CAR salesman who took money from a woman without giving her the vehicle she had purchased was fined $1,000 and ordered to pay back the stolen money.

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Post Office staff testify in Rudy King fraud trial

FIVE more Post Office Department employees testified yesterday that they conducted several transactions for Bahamian businessman Rudolph “Rudy” King who would frequent the various Post Offices on a regular basis.

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Man in John Bull fraud case bailed

A MAN who last month denied defrauding several businesses of thousands of dollars’ worth of merchandise was yesterday granted bail before his trial.

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Man told to pay to repair ex’s door

A 24-year-old man who admitted breaking his former girlfriend’s door during a row was yesterday ordered to compensate her for her damaged property.

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Judges throw out murder conviction

A MAN who was convicted of shooting and killing another man in 2013 had his 30-year sentence overturned in the Court of Appeal yesterday.

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Woman accused of throwing acid on ex-boyfriend’s lover

TWO police officers testified yesterday in the trial of a 23-year-old woman who is accused of throwing acid on her ex-boyfriend’s new lover.

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Couple acquitted after nephew was shot when gun went off accidentally

A MAGISTRATE yesterday acquitted a couple who were charged with child cruelty after their nephew was shot with a gun that accidentally went off when he and their son were playing with it.

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Man admits assaulting mother of his children

A MAN who admitted assaulting the mother of his children was ordered to keep the peace for one year.

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Man fined for threatening to kill former girlfriend

A 21-year-old man who threatened to kill his former girlfriend was on Friday fined $500.

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Judges reject killer’s appeal

THE Court of Appeal yesterday affirmed the 25-year sentence of a man who was convicted of the manslaughter of a woman who was shot and killed during an attempted robbery over a decade ago.

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Man denies receiving stolen motorbike

A 31-year-old man who denied dishonestly receiving a stolen motorbike was yesterday granted bail ahead of his trial.

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Man ‘beat me and held knife to my throat’

A WOMAN yesterday testified that a man brutally beat her before holding a knife to her throat during a domestic dispute earlier this year.

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$5,000 fine for fake COVID test

A WOMAN who tried to travel to Grand Bahama with a fake COVID-19 test results was yesterday fined $5,000.

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Man admits assault - but says he did not hit victim

A 27-year-old man confronted another man with a piece of nail-ridden wood for firing gunshots near his mother’s home, a court was told.

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Man accused of assaulting, threatening ex-girlfriend

A 23-year-old man accused of assaulting and threatening to harm his ex-girlfriend earlier this month was arraigned in Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

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Two in court in connection with marijuana field

TWO men were arraigned in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court on Friday in connection with the discovery of a marijuana field in East Grand Bahama, with an estimated street value of $7million.

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Man accused of Fox Hill murder

A 28-year-old man was sent to prison on Friday after being accused of murdering a man in the Fox Hill area earlier this month.

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Woman stole money from pair she gave rides to

A MAGISTRATE is set to determine the fate of a woman who offered to give two women rides to steal money from them.

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Bail for man who denied stealing part from bus

A 22-year-old man who denied stealing a part worth $5,432 from the bus of a local church was yesterday granted bail ahead of his trial.

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Warning for man who scared girlfriend with a fake gun

A 24-year-old man who scared his girlfriend with a fake gun was yesterday discharged with a warning.

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Man charged with rape

A 28-year-old man was charged in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday with rape.

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Man acquitted of rape is awarded $767,000 in damages

A FORMER food store manager who was acquitted of rape was recently awarded $767,000 in damages after he sued the government for malicious prosecution and unlawful arrest.

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Officers testify about human trafficking investigation

THE trial of a man and woman who were accused of conspiring to sexually exploit two teenage girls through human trafficking opened before the Chief Magistrate yesterday.

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Woman arrested for begging is discharged

A MAGISTRATE yesterday discharged a woman who was arrested for begging in a public place.

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Five deny stealing boat worth $50k

FIVE Harbour Island men who denied stealing a $50,000 boat from another man on the island were each granted bail yesterday before their trial.

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$500 fine over 13 grams of hemp

A 29-year-old man, who was found with marijuana yesterday, was fined $500.

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Judge grants order on ‘missing’ Cuban woman

IMMIGRATION officials have been ordered to prove that they acted lawfully when they allegedly detained a Cuban woman who was placed in their care and custody after the boat she was on capsized in Bahamian waters when she and a group of other people tried to sail from Cuba to the United States two months ago.

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Bail granted in grievous harm trial

A 51-year-old who was accused of seriously injuring another man was granted $8,000 bail ahead of his trial.

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Woman denies smuggling firearms

A 25-year-old woman who denied trying to smuggle several firearms and ammunition in addition to a large quantity of drugs into the country was yesterday granted bail before her trial.

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‘Man set our house on fire’

A WOMAN testified yesterday that she believes her mother’s former partner set their house on fire and threatened to kill her.

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Man charged in connection with Cat Island cocaine seizure

A 36-year-old man was arraigned in Magistrate’s Court on Friday on several drug related charges in connection with a recent seizure of more than $1m worth of cocaine found on Cat Island several days ago.

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Probation for disorderly behaviour

A 29-year-old business owner who behaved in a disorderly manner when being questioned by police about a complaint made by Progressive Liberal Party Deputy Leader Chester Cooper was on Friday placed on probation for a year.

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Man gets probation for assault on girlfriend

A HARBOUR Island man who admitted assaulting his girlfriend in an argument over money was placed on three months probation.

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‘I was drugged and raped by immigration officer at safe house’: Deported Suriname woman at centre of attack claim files legal action for justice

A 27-year-old Surinamese woman has sued the government, claiming that an immigration officer drugged her with alcohol and sexually violated her.

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Probation for behaving in disorderly manner

A HARBOUR Island man who behaved in a disorderly manner and cursed an officer who caught him buying a marijuana joint was yesterday placed on probation for a year.

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Vagrant punched driver who refused to give him a dollar

A VAGRANT punched a driver who refused to give him a dollar at a traffic light, a court heard yesterday.

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$1,000 fine for threat to kill and assault

A 30-year-old man who threatened to kill a man before assaulting another was yesterday fined $1,000 and ordered to compensate both of his victims.

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Man accused of unlawful sex

A 20-year-old man was charged in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday with unlawful sexual intercourse.

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14 months in jail for possession of firearm

A 31-year-old man who was caught driving around with an illegal firearm was yesterday sentenced to 14 months in prison.

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Man on marijuana charge to take drug counselling

A 41-year-old man who was charged with marijuana possession was conditionally discharged after he agreed to attend drug counselling classes.

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Officer’s sentence quashed for assault

THE Court of Appeal yesterday quashed the six-month sentence of a former police reserve sergeant who was convicted of abducting and assaulting a teenage girl at a police station over two years ago.

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Conditional discharge for acting disorderly

A 21-year-old man who admitted acting disorderly when he was approached by officers must stay out of trouble for three months to avoid spending 30 days behind bars.

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Two held in cheque fraud probe

POLICE have two male suspects in custody in connection with an alleged cheque fraud.

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Brother in court after smashing car windows

A 66-year-old man who smashed the glass windows of his brother’s car during an argument was ordered to compensate his sibling for the damage he caused.

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$1,700 fine for failing to renew gun licence

A 34-year-old man who failed to renew his firearm licence was yesterday fined $1,700.

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Four held after $600k drug find

FOUR Bahamian men were arrested following a major drug discovery and seizure of some $600,000 worth of suspected cocaine in the Dover Sound area, police reported yesterday.

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Community service over fraud scheme

A MAN who got caught up in a credit card scheme must complete 100 hours of community service to avoid spending four months in prison.

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Omar Archer launches legal challenge over criminal libel

OMAR Archer, Sr, has appealed a Supreme Court judge’s decision to dismiss his motion for constitutional relief concerning a criminal libel charge that was brought against him six years ago.

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‘Stay out of trouble for 30 days or go to jail for a week’

A 27-year-old woman who admitted acting disorderly when she was pulled over by officers must stay out of trouble for 30 days to avoid spending a week behind bars.

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Caregiver tells court of relative’s threat

A CAREGIVER yesterday testified that the daughter-in-law of the elderly woman she was hired to look after threatened to harm her earlier this year.

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Fraud accused granted bail

A 26-YEAR-OLD man, who denied defrauding three people of thousands of dollars, was yesterday granted bail ahead of his trial.

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‘My boss’s son brought a man to shoot my brother’

A HAITIAN man yesterday testified that his employer’s son brought another man to his residence to shoot his brother because the man was angry that his mother had “put him out”.

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Man accused of defaming PLP leader granted bail

A MAN who denied last year that he defamed Progressive Liberal Party leader Philip “Brave” Davis on social media was yesterday granted bail ahead of his trial.

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Three-year sentence upheld over ammunition

THE COURT of Appeal yesterday affirmed the three-year sentence of a man who was convicted of being in possession of a quantity of illegal ammunition.

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Fred Smith pleads for no more demolitions until court rules

FRED Smith, QC, made an impassioned plea for government to cease further demolition until the Supreme Court has made its final ruling on whether a standing injunction, which bars the government from evicting shanty town residents and disconnecting services in their communities, will be extended to cover unregulated communities in Abaco.

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Guilty plea to harming pregnant woman

A HAITIAN woman was granted a conditional discharge Friday after admitting to harming a pregnant woman from her neighbourhood during an argument earlier this month.

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Man assaulted ex-girlfriend

A 23-year-old man who assaulted his former girlfriend during an argument was yesterday ordered to compensate her for her injuries.

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RIFLE SEIZED BY POLICE OFFICERS

GRAND Bahama Police say they discovered a high powered weapon believed to have been used in a serious incident on the island.

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Drug counselling ordered

A 22-year-old man who said he smoked marijuana to get “a good sleep at night” must attend drug counselling classes for a year to avoid spending six months behind bars.

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Former Immigration chief testifies in wedding case

A FORMER chief executive officer of the Department of Immigration yesterday testified that she could not recall interviewing a Bahamian-Jamaican couple who were accused of entering into a fraudulent marriage, without her interview sheet.

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Court to rule on shanty towns

A SUPREME Court judge will tomorrow determine if a standing injunction, which bars the government from evicting shanty town residents and disconnecting services in their communities, will be extended to cover unregulated communities in Abaco.

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Top banker loses dispute linked to soccer bribe chief

A senior Bahamian banker’s claim for wrongful/unfair dismissal over his dealings with a key figure in world soccer’s recent bribery scandal was this week rejected by the Supreme Court.

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Haitian man to be jailed

A HAITIAN man who was caught residing in the country without the required legal documents will spend two months in prison before being deported back to his home country.

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Man arrested after shooting

A 27-YEAR-OLD man was arrested in connection with a shooting incident this week in the Freeport area, a senior police official reported.

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Woman accused over drugs

A 52-YEAR-OLD woman was charged with possession of dangerous drugs in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

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Man jailed for possession of marijuana and cocaine

A 32-year-old man who was found with $26,000 worth of marijuana and cocaine was yesterday sentenced to nine months in prison.

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Woman who hurt ankle awarded $70,000

THE Supreme Court has awarded more than $70,000 in damages to an elderly woman who suffered ankle injuries after falling down a utility conduit at Arawak Cay nearly nine years ago.

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Attorney’s ‘negligence’ cost twins their home

Twin sisters have been given permission by the Supreme Court to enter a default judgment against a Bahamian attorney whose “negligence” cost them their Harmony Hill condominium.

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Pair accused of robbery

A WOMAN and a teen were charged with armed robbery in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

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Man denies hitting girlfriend

A MAN who denied harming his former girlfriend was yesterday granted $3,000 bail ahead of his trial.

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Man ‘paid $150 for fake stamp’ to stay in country

A JAMAICAN man who paid another man $150 for a fake immigration stamp he tried to use to extend his stay in the country was yesterday sentenced to six months behind bars.

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Siblings attacked neighbour

TWO siblings who attacked their neighbour during an altercation last week were ordered to keep the peace and compensate the woman.

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Teenagers accused of fatal stabbing

FOUR teenagers were yesterday charged in the Magistrate’s Court with murder in connection with two separate incidents.

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Woman facing fraud trial given court date

A TRIAL date has been set for the 35-year-old woman who was charged with over 100 fraud-related offences in connection with the recent trend of fake COVID-19 test results.

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Man accused of sex with girl, 12

A 39-year-old man was remanded to prison over allegations he had sex with a girl when she was just 12-years-old.

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Woman admits fake marriage

A BAHAMIAN woman pleaded guilty to entering into a fraudulent marriage during her arraignment in a Grand Bahama courtroom on Friday.

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$5,000 fines for falsified COVID test results

TWO women who attempted to travel to Eleuthera with falsified COVID-19 test results were each fined $5,000 on Friday.

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Date set for sentencing over drug possession

CHIEF Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt is next week set to determine the fate of a 32-year-old man who on Friday confessed to being in possession of $26,000 worth of marijuana and cocaine.

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60-year-old charged with indecent assault

A 60-year-old man was charged in the Magistrate’s Court on Friday with indecent assault.

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58-year prison sentence overturned

A MAN, convicted of murdering one man and attempting to kill two others, had his 58-year prison sentence overturned in the appellate court recently.

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Man accused of hiring someone without permit

A Bahamian man accused of breaching the Immigration Act was charged in Freeport on Wednesday.

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Community service over fake car disc

A 28-year-old man who was caught driving a car with a fraudulent inspection disc was yesterday ordered to complete 50 hours of community service.

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Thief admits stealing $672 of car parts

A 28-year-old man who admitted stealing $672 worth of car parts from a man’s vehicle was yesterday remanded into custody before his sentencing.

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28-year murder sentence quashed

THE Court of Appeal yesterday quashed the 28-year sentence of a man who was found guilty of trying to kill another man over five years ago.

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Probation for buying hemp ‘for wife of boss’

A JAMAICAN man who was caught with $60 worth of marijuana he claimed he bought for his employer’s wife was yesterday placed on probation for one year.

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Man denies running club against pandemic orders

A MAN yesterday denied violating Emergency Orders by operating a prohibited business earlier this year.

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Brother of shooting victim in court for crossing crime tape line

THE brother of one of the men who was shot and killed during a suspected gang attack last Thursday was yesterday placed on probation after he admitted going beyond the crime scene tape in an attempt to get to his dying sibling.

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Suspect denies firearm possession

A 27-year-old man who denied being in possession of an unlicensed firearm and quantity of ammunition was granted bail ahead of his trial.

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Fraud accused granted bail

THE 35-year-old woman who was charged with over 100 fraud-related offences in connection to the recent trend of fake COVID-19 test results was yesterday granted bail prior to the reading of the remaining charges brought against her.

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$10m Capo damages facing substantial cut

A $9.67m damages award made against the Bimini Bay resort’s original developer for demolishing a tenant’s business faces a substantial cut following yesterday’s Privy Council ruling.

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Man accused over gun and ammunition

A 29-year-old man was charged with illegal firearm and ammunition possession in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

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26-year-old on rape charge

A 26-year-old man was charged with rape in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

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Suspect accused over fatal stabbing

A 23-year-old man was yesterday charged with murder in connection with a stabbing incident that left one man dead last week.

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Man accused of attack on police officer

A 34-YEAR-OLD man was charged with assaulting a police officer, causing damage, making death threats, resisting arrest and using obscene language.

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Man who punched his wife ordered to attend anger management classes

A 66-year-old man who punched his wife during a heated argument was on Friday ordered to compensate her for injuries and attend anger management classes.

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Woman fined $5,000 over false COVID test results

A 21-year-old woman who tried to use falsified COVID-19 test results to travel to Grand Bahama was fined $5,000 in the Magistrate’s Court.

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Man accused of attempted murder of police officers denied bail

AN ANDROS man accused of assaulting three police officers with rocks and a conch shell a day before he allegedly tried to kill them was on Friday denied bail ahead of his trial.

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Peter Nygard extradition proceedings set for November 15

EXTRADITION proceedings for Peter Nygard have been scheduled to take place in Canada on November 15.

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Court of Appeal affirms nine-year robbery sentence

THE Court of Appeal has affirmed the nine-year sentence of a man who was convicted of robbing a woman of an assortment of personal items over four years ago.

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$200 FINE OR THREE MONTHS IN PRISON FOR FAKE COVID TEST

AN Abaco man who paid nearly $200 for a fake COVID test that he presented to officials at the airport in an attempt to return home must now pay $5,000 to avoid spending three months behind bars.

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Tourist told to pay $200 to avoid jail for marijuana possession

AN American tourist who bought marijuana from a man on a local beach was ordered to pay $200 to avoid spending two months in jail.

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Probation for making false report

A 20-year-old man, who lied to police officers when he told them that two men had robbed him of his car at gunpoint, was placed on six months probation yesterday.

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Man launches appeal against 35-year prison sentence

A MAN convicted of attempting to murder three men at a cemetery in East Grand Bahama over three years ago has launched an appeal against his 35-year prison sentence.

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Lyford Cay broker in $22m bribery scheme

A Lyford Cay-based commodities trader has become embroiled in a $22m bribery scheme after one of its former senior executives pled guilty to corrupting government officials in Ecuador.

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Teenager placed on daily curfew after fight

A TEENAGER who last month fought another youngster who accused him of being a homosexual was yesterday placed on a daily curfew.

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Haitian man and woman must pay $300 to avoid prison

A HAITIAN man and woman who admitted travelling to the country illegally must each pay $300 to avoid spending a year in prison prior to their deportation.

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Man charged with murder

A 21-year-old man was yesterday charged with murder in the Magistrate’s Court.

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21-year-old mother jailed for false COVID test result

A 21-year-old mother was sentenced Friday to six months in prison for presenting a false Doctor’s Hospital COVID-19 test result when she attempted to travel earlier this week.

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54-year-old faces three charges

A 54-YEAR-OLD man was arraigned Friday on three charges, including possession at night of a housebreaking instrument.

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NO FACE MASK? THAT’S $250

A MAN was fined $250 yesterday after police found him at a local establishment without a face mask.

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Man accused of years of indecent assaults denied bail

A 43-year-old man accused of indecently assaulting a 21-year-old female over a period of several years was remanded to prison yesterday.

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‘PAY $1,500 FINE OVER DRUGS OR GO TO JAIL’

A 57-year-old man who was found with over four ounces of marijuana last week was yesterday ordered to pay $1,500 or spend eight months in prison.

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Man must pay ex-girlfriend

A MAN who admitted harming his ex-girlfriend during a heated argument was yesterday ordered to compensate the woman for her injuries.

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WOMAN SAYS SHE PAID FOR TEST

AN attorney representing a woman accused of using forged test results in an attempt to travel to Abaco last week said she paid for what she thought was a legitimate test from fraudsters purporting to operate a mobile unit connected to a hospital.

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Additional charges for pair accused of human trafficking

PROSECUTORS brought additional charges on Thursday against a man and woman who were last week accused of conspiring to sexually exploit two teenage girls through human trafficking.

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Seven fined for fraudulent COVID-19 test results

THE chief magistrate on Thursday fined seven people who tried to use fraudulent COVID-19 test results to travel to four different family islands between March 25 and 31.

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Psychiatric evaluation ordered for man who exposed himself to girl

A 29-year-old man who admitted exposing himself to a young girl while she was on her way to school was ordered to undergo psychiatric evaluation before he is sentenced.

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Jail term upheld for police boat chase

THE Court of Appeal yesterday affirmed the four-year sentence of one of two men who led officers on a high speed boat chase after he and his partner were caught sailing on the open seas with a quantity of dangerous drugs.

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Three accused of armed robbery

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

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Man to face trial over kissing girl, 10

A MAGISTRATE is set to determine the fate of a 25-year-old man who was accused of kissing a ten-year-old girl on the lips during a game of spin the bottle nearly two years ago.

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Man must pay $150 over marijuana

A 27-year-old man who was caught with over $100 worth or marijuana must pay $150 to avoid spending a month behind bars.

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‘Is that a gun in your underwear?’

A POLICE officer yesterday testified that he recovered a loaded gun from the underwear of a man who denied being in possession of an unlicensed firearm during his first court appearance.

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Three accused over shooting

THREE male residents of Eight Mile Rock, including a juvenile, were charged yesterday in connection with the shooting of a young man last week on Grand Bahama.

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Man’s knife not big enough to break law

A MAGISTRATE discharged a man who was arrested for unlawfully carrying arms after he explained the knife he was found with did not exceed the six-inch blade limit stipulated in law.

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‘Pay $200 or go directly to jail’

TWO American tourists who attempted to travel back to their home states with marijuana infused candy in their luggage were each ordered to pay $200 to avoid spending a month in jail.

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MARINE FACES FIREARM CHARGE

A 30-year-old Royal Bahamas Defence Force officer from New Providence was arraigned in Grand Bahama on a firearm and ammunition possession charges yesterday.

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Appeal court upholds revenge porn sentence

THE Court of Appeal yesterday confirmed the nine month sentence of a man who last year defrauded his ex-girlfriend of over $1,000 before hacking her social media accounts to expose nude photos of her online.

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Man ‘grabbed cop to protect him from dogs’

A 34-year-old who claimed he assaulted a police officer because he was trying to protect him from being attacked by the dogs in his yard was yesterday placed on probation for six months.

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Smith criticises govt's use of Act to repossess shanty town land

ATTORNEY Fred Smith accused the government of using the Building Regulations Act for reasons that are contrary to the intention and purpose of the law – namely, to repossess shanty town land.

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13 months in jail for firearm guilt

A 23-year-old man was sentenced to 13 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to an illegal firearm and ammunition possession in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

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Wife was in US when husband killed in Fox Hill shootings

A WOMAN yesterday testified how she had left her husband in The Bahamas to go on a trip with her children out of the country, only to find out later that he was one of four people killed in the 2013 Fox Hill mass shooting. Helen Davis, taking the wi

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Man cleared over friend's Independence Day shooting

THE Court of Appeal has overturned a man’s manslaughter conviction in connection with the shooting death of his friend on Independence Day 2017.The appellate tribunal of Sir Hartman Longley, Stella Crane-Scott and Milton Evans unanimously set aside D

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Dupuch hits govt with $28m writ over debt

A PROMINENT Bahamian publishing company - which is in no way connected with The Tribune and its affiliates - is suing the government for $28.8m with interest to secure payment for the production of more than five million publications promoting and advertising The Bahamas.

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Peruvian found not guilty of killing DJ in club

A PERUVIAN man has been acquitted of killing a disc jockey and attempting to kill another man following a scuffle in a downtown nightclub three years ago.

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GB resort loses out on under-insurance

A Grand Bahama resort has lost out in its dispute over a Hurricane Matthew insurance claim because it failed to realise what would happen if the property was under-insured.

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Former Renew Bahamas CEO 'was spotted sitting on forklift'

FORMER Renew Bahamas CEO Michael Cox being spotted sitting on a forklift at a local scrapyard without a valid work permit ultimately led to him being charged with a criminal offence, though the immigration officer who spotted him did not say whether he was actually operating the machine.

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Two jailed for series of housebreaking offences

TWO men accused of multiple charges of stealing, housebreaking, attempted housebreaking and receiving, were yesterday sentenced to more than two years each on two-thirds of the counts.

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Inquiry ordered after man awaiting bail hearing walks free

A SUPREME Court judge has ordered an inquiry into the circumstances that allowed a man, awaiting his bail hearing, to walk free from custody at the Magistrate’s Court last week.

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Sentencing adjourned for man who has admitted sexual relationship with girl, 14

A 22-year-old man who has admitted to carrying out an extended sexual relationship with 14-year-old girl yesterday had his sentencing hearing adjourned to January 25, 2019 to allow for a probationary report to be completed.

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Pair’s conviction thrown out over man’s death in bar brawl

THE Court of Appeal has quashed the conviction for a woman and her child’s father previously sentenced to over a decade in prison each for killing a man in the course of a brawl at a bar on Carmichael Road six years ago.

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Visa fraud suspect is out on bail

THE Haitian-Bahamian justice of the peace at the centre of an FBI probe into visa fraud in the Bahamas has pleaded not guilty to charges in the United States, The Tribune was told.

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Five women fined for overstaying in the Bahamas

FIVE Hispanic women were fined upwards of $1,000 each yesterday for overstaying their time in The Bahamas, with three of them further fined for being caught with altered immigration stamps in their passports by immigration authorities.Senior Magistra

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Cousins cleared of role in murder

A SUPREME Court jury has acquitted two cousins of the role they were alleged to have played in the slaying of businessman Leo Rahming at the car rental company and carwash he owned in the Marathon area last year.

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Woman fined for breaking police prosecutor’s fingers

A 26-year-old woman was fined more than $4,000 on Friday for breaking two of a woman police prosecutor’s fingers during a row outside the officer’s Gamble Heights home last month.

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Community service for pair who stole refrigerator from ministry

TWO men who stole a $850 refrigerator from the Ministry of Education earlier this week have been ordered to put in 15 hours of community service as penance.

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Murder charge is dropped

JUST over three months after a 20-year-old man was arraigned on charges of murder and attempted murder, prosecutors yesterday produced a written directive from the Office of the Attorney General requesting the more serious charge not be pursued.Matth

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