Frank Smith’s lawyer: Magistrate did nothing wrong when she criticized Sands and Dames

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt did nothing wrong when she criticized Health Minister Dr. Duane Sands and National Security Minister Marvin Dames for their involvement in the Frank Smith bribery and extortion trial, according to Smith’s attorney, Keith Knight, QC. On Tuesday, Director of Public Prosecutions Garvin Gaskins asserted that the chief magistrate was […]

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COA dismisses appeal of man jailed for possession of attempted murder

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – A man jailed for 15 years for possession of a firearm with intent to endanger two others had his appeal dismissed yesterday by the Court of Appeal. Rauel Pierre was charged with the April 29, 2014, attempted murders of Rashad Farrington and Kimberley Goodman in addition to two counts of possession with […]

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Crown’s appeal of Frank Smith’s case gets underway

DPP: Magistrate erred when she took extraneous matters into consideration when making her decision NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The Crown’s appeal of former Progressive Liberal Party Senator, Frank Smith, finally got underway on Tuesday as the attorney general’s office presented its case in the Court of Appeal. Back in February, chief magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt acquitted Smith […]

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Alleged child abductor charged with four counts of abduction

“I hope they’re happy now,” she tells the court before being remanded NASSAU, BAHAMS – A psychiatric report from the Sandilands Rehabilitation Center presented in the magistrate court on Monday, deemed the alleged serial child abductor, De’edra Gibson, fit to enter a plea to the charges levied against her. The 29-year-old beautician was shielded from […]

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Man charged with Hospital Lane murder

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Chuckling and engaging in confrontation with spectators outside of court yesterday, 42-year-old Seron McQueen was escorted into the Magistrate Court, charged with the shooting death of Antoine Barron Roberts. According to police reports, shortly after midnight on May 4, 2019, a group of persons were sitting in front of an abandoned building […]

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Man arraigned on several charges of theft and housebreaking

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Ambrose Gibson, 31, of #71 McKinney Drive appeared before Magistrate Samuel McKinney on Thursday, charged with 10 counts of stealing and four counts of housebreaking. According to court documents, the thief went on a stealing spree in southwestern New Providence, robbing residents in the Carmichael Road area of televisions, cell phones, lawn […]

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Two brothers charged with murder

  NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Two brothers, 21-year-old Anton Lodimus, shown in the black shirt and 25-year-old Dwayne Lodimus, shown in the blue shirt, appeared before Chief Magistrate Joyanne Ferguson-Pratt on Monday, charged with the shooting death of 40-year-old Elroy “Skully” Burrows of Podoleo Street. Police alleged that on March 19, 2019 around 11 a.m., the victim […]

37 Haitian nationals charged in Inagua court with illegal landing

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – A total of 37 Haitian nationals were charged in an Inagua court on Thursday, April 11, 2019 with illegal landing. A statement released from the Department of Immigration on Thursday said the group, comprised of 30 males and seven females, were arraigned before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt in the magistrate’s court in […]

Attorney calls for independent investigations in police-involved shootings

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – A decision recently handed down in the Coroner’s Court, which ruled that a police-involved shooting death was unlawful, has raised a number of concerns about inconsistencies and loop holes in investigations in police-involved killings, according to attorney Ramona Farquharson-Seymour. Farquharson-Seymour was speaking specifically to the Osworth Rolle Jr. case where the Coroner’s […]

Case of Paralegal adjourned as she was a no-show in court

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Jeleah Turnquest, a 34-year-old paralegal of Soldier Road was a no-show yesterday in Deputy Chief Magistrate Subusola Swain’s court. Turnquest was charged earlier this year for stealing by reason of service. According to prosecutors, she allegedly stole $346,500 dollars from foreign buyers in a property sale. Turnquest pleaded not guilty to the […]

Prison officer on remand for drug charges

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – A correctional officer was brought before the magistrate court on Friday morning on drug-related charges. According to the prosecution, Bernard Hinsey was caught allegedly attempting to smuggle a quantity of suspected marijuana into the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services (BDOCS). Authorities allege that the incident occurred on April 3, 2019. According to […]

Corrections Officer in custody for drug possession

A corrections officer is in police custody after he was allegedly caught attempting to smuggle marijuana into The Bahamas Department of Correctional Services on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. According to police reports, shortly before 2:00p.m. on Wednesday, Drug Enforcement Unit Officers along with Bahamas Department of Corrections Officers in a joint operation, conducted a search […]