Men charged with murder


Two men were arraigned in the Magistrates court yesterday in connection with the murder of 21-year-old Kenneth Heastie Kemp nearly two weeks ago and have been remanded to the Bahamas Department of Corrections (BDOC).

Dennis Mather, 26, and Dameko Morely, 28, both of Lincoln Boulevard, appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Subusola Swain.

The men were not required to enter a plea to the charge and were remanded until June 13 for a voluntary bill of indictment (VBI).

According to reports, shortly after 8:00 p.m. on Monday April 9, Kemp was standing in front of his residence at Homestead Avenue off Homestead Street, when a black Nissan Marche pulled up.

Police said two men armed with firearms got out of the vehicle and open fire on him, shooting him multiple times before speeding off.

Kemp was taken to hospital where he died a short time after his arrival.

Before being sent to BDOC, Mather told the court he was “abused” from an officer while in police custody.

Jerome Johnson, 32, of Acklins Street also appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Swain charged with murder.

Johnson was charged in connection with the April 11 murder of Gordon Newbold.

According to reports, shortly before 11:00 a.m. on the day in question, Newbold was standing in front of a building on Acklins Street, when a silver vehicle pulled up.

Police said, a man armed with a firearm, got out of the vehicle and shot Newbold before getting back into the vehicle and speeding off. He died on the scene, police said.

Johnson was not required was enter a plea to the charge and was remanded to the BDOC until June 13.