House passes Bail Act amendments

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Members of Parliament yesterday passed amendments to the Bail Act that would give Magistrates the power to grant bail in certain matters. The 2016 amendment to the Bail Act, which was passed under the Christie administration, restricted the ability of judges to grant bail in offenses involving assault, stealing, and other previously bailable […]

Exuma man charged for a gram of marijuana valued at $5

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — An Exuma man was arraigned in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday for possession of one gram of marijuana with a street value of five dollars.  Bryan Pearce, 42, appeared before Deputy Chief Justice Andrew Forbes on one count of possession of dangerous drugs. Prosecutors allege that on September 26, Pearce was searched and found […]

Teenage trio arraigned on robbery charges

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — A woman and two men were arraigned in the Magistrates Court yesterday for allegedly robbing a man of jewelry and $3,000 in cash. Mya Smith, 18; Demetrius Bastain, 19; and Kelito Johnson, 18, appeared before Magistrate Samuel McKinney and were charged with the September 10 robbery of Delgado Culmer. Prosecutors alleged that […]

Man charged with unlawful sex with 14-year-old girl

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — An 18-year-old man was arraigned in the Magistrate’s Court today on charges of unlawful sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old girl. Mark Strachan, of Honey Creeper Lane, appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes and charged with two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse and one count of child pornography. Prosecutors allege that sometime […]

Several men arraigned in Magistrate’s Court

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Several men were arraigned in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday on several different charges, ranging from fraud and possession of firearms. Appearing before Acting Deputy Chief Magistrate Subusola Swain, Fox Hill resident Theodis Kemp, 31, was charged with two counts of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, possession of an […]

Lawyer encourages AG office to utilize plea bargains to address court backlog

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Prominent Attorney Christina Galanos yesterday expressed growing concern over the building backlog of criminal cases that have yet to be tried in the Supreme Court – an issue she believes has been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. “Even before COVID-19 criminal Supreme Court matters were extremely backlogged and they were not being […]

No coherent policy on emergency orders — says QC

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — A well-known QC yesterday accused the government of having ‘no coherent policy’ in the implementation of its COVID-19 restrictions, while warning that it can not continue to shut down businesses and expect an economic rebound. Attorney Wayne Munroe told Eyewitness News that he has been ‘inundated’ with persons seeking to challenge the […]

DPP argues no proper appeal for Kofhe Goodman

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Court of Appeal yesterday dismissed an appeal of Kofhe Goodman’s 2018 murder conviction on the basis that there was no proper appeal before the court. The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions yesterday objected to the proceedings. “More than three years after the trial, there were no proper filings before […]

Man charged with attempted murder of girlfriend and family

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — A 25-year-old man was yesterday charged in the magistrate’s court with the attempted murder of his girlfriend and family last year. Eddington Burrows of Coral Harbour appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes and was charged with three counts of attempted murder and three counts of possession of a firearm with intent to […]