DRUG COURT: Four men, including prison officer, arraigned on drug charges

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Four men were arraigned in the Magistrate’s Court on two separate drug-related matters, including a prison officer. Prison Officer Herman Major was charged with possession of dangerous drugs and taking prohibited articles into a correctional facility. Prosecutors alleged that on the day in question, Major attempted to smuggle in 5 3/4 ounces […]

“WE TAKE CRIME SERIOUSLY”: PM & COP outline plans to tackle gang warfare

Majority of Illegal firearms traced to south Florida Deputy Commissioner says 8-10 gangs operating in New Providence NASSAU, BAHAMAS — As the nation grapples with an unprecedented level of bloodshed, Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis and senior officials of law enforcement yesterday outlined plans to tackle the scourge of violence that has resulted in 44 […]

‘VICTORY FOR DEMOCRACY’: DPP drops bribery case against Kenred Dorsett

This is a victory for democracy. We have been assailed by political victimization over a period of four years – DAMIAN GOMEZ, QC NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Department of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has abandoned its bribery case against former Cabinet Minister Kenred Dorsett. A nolle prosequi was issued after the prosecution’s key witness, businessman Jonathon […]

FRUIT TREES LEAD TO FREE LAND: Retired RBDF officer granted land after planting fruit trees on it for 20 years

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — A man who maintained and planted fruit trees and vegetables on a property adjacent to his Coral Harbour home for more than 20 years has been granted ownership of that land via a Supreme Court ruling. Stafford Bain, a former Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) officer, filed a petition under the Quieting […]

COA says “error was fundamental” in quashed case of former reserve officer convicted of abduction & assault

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — In providing its reasoning for quashing the assault and abduction conviction of former police reserve sergeant Dwayne DaCosta, the Court of Appeal said it was “unfair” for the prosecution to present new charges at the end of its case, after an indictment of unlawful sexual intercourse was presented, and the matter proceeded […]

MODERN APPROACH: Appellate court orders divorced parents to bear their own costs in child custody battle

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — A more than seven-year custody battle between the parents of two young children has ended with both sides bearing their own legal costs, according to a Court of Appeal ruling handed down yesterday. The appellate court said the modern approach to costs in family proceedings is that there should be no costs […]

Atlantis found to have acted fairly in terminating casino manager for ‘gross misconduct’

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — A Supreme Court judge has awarded Atlantis cost and dismissed the claims of wrongful dismissal by a former casino slots manager who was terminated for gross misconduct, including sleeping on the job, taking two-hour restroom breaks and sleeping in a guest area for 45 minutes on one occasion. Pamela Walkine was employed […]

Court of Appeal reserves ruling on cost in Ngumi appeal; judgment appealed to Privy Council

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Kenyan national Douglas Ngumi, whose settlement for false imprisonment was upped to $750,000 after he appealed for $11 million, was yesterday denied indemnity costs as the Court of Appeal reserved its decision on the issue. The Court of Appeal handed down its decision yesterday. Justices Sir Michael Barnett, Jon Isaacs and Milton […]

TAKEN TO COURT: Immigration officer and another man charged after viral video of woman’s assault

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Two men were arraigned in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday in connection to a video widely circulated on social media last week of a woman being beaten on the side of the road. Calvin Sergeant, 27, and Dillon McKinney, 23, appeared before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt and were charged with one count of […]

$600,000 IN FRAUD: Two men to be charged after flashing stacks of cash on social media

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Two men, including a Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) officer, will be charged in a Magistrate’s Court this morning in relation to fraudulently negotiating nearly $600,000 in cash from checks, Eyewitness News can confirm. In a less than 30-second video clip making the rounds on social media over the weekend, a man […]

TORTURED: Man seeking damages for false imprisonment for over seven years

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — A man who suffers from “intense schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder” is seeking damages from the government for false imprisonment for seven years and four months, according to a writ filed in the Supreme Court. Alfairs Agregory Higgs, a resident of Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama, was unlawfully imprisoned on January 2014 […]

Judicial review allowed for airport baggage handler arrested and released after cocaine bust

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Supreme Court has allowed a baggage handler of Nassau Flight Services to apply for judicial review of the Airport Authority’s decision to withhold his work identification that allows him to continue his employment. The applicant, Betram Paul, had been arrested and later released without charge after authorities found four kilos of […]

RELIEVED BUT HURTING: Butler ‘grateful’ after default judgment set aside; slams ‘dark conspiracy’ against him

Former Sky Bahamas CEO says his family “going through it” financially in aftermath of court case NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Former Sky Bahamas Chief Executive Officer Randy Butler last night slammed what he called a “dark conspiracy” to damage his reputation, business and family. This after a Supreme Court judge set aside a default judgment against […]

Supreme Court rejects Cable Bahamas’ application for judicial review of Brave ads

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Supreme Court has dismissed Cable Bahamas’ (CBL) application for judicial review of the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority’s (URCA) decision to prohibit the company from broadcasting certain advertisements on Philip Brave Davis, the now prime minister. Supreme Court Justice Indra Charles handed down her ruling on Monday. URCA, which is named […]