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Murder trial jury sequestered
June 14, 2013
Murder trial jury sequestered

The jury that will decide the fate of three men accused of the murder of a policeman has been sequestered.
The all-woman jury heard from the prosecution's first witness in the retrial of Stephen Stubbs, Andrew Davis and Clint Evans Thursday afternoon.
Prosecutors contend they are responsible for the March 29, 1999 shooting death of Constable Jimmy Ambrose and the attempted murder of Constable Marcian Scott.
Evans is accused of having a firearm to put Officers 1988 Frank Burrows and 2250 Calvin Robinson in fear.
The defendants have denied the allegations at their trial before Justice Roy Jones.
In his opening statement, prosecutor Ambrose Armbrister told jurors that the men did not have anything to prove.
He said justice demands that the innocent are acquitted and the guilty are condemned.
Armbrister said that witnesses would place all three defendants on the scene of the crime and identify them as the people responsible for committing the offenses.
The prosecution's first witness was Sgt 1908 Rolle, who photographed the crime scene at the now-closed Club Rock Disco on West Bay Street.
Rolle, who worked as a crime scene investigator in 1999, said he collected six spent casings from the scene.
Rolle also said he collected a bullet cartridge from a doctor at the hospital in addition to a pair of jeans and a jacket.
The case continues today.
Murrio Ducille appears for Stubbs, Ian Cargill appears for Davis and Romona Farquharson appears for Evans.

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March 30, 2011
Murder trial underway at Supreme Court

Prosecutors on Tuesday opened their case against murder accused Michael Beckford.
He is accused of the October 4, 2008 death of Sheanda Newton.
Her body was found in bushes off Charles W. Saunders Highway. She was only wearing a red bra and panties and had a gash on her neck and burn marks on her face.
Jurors were shown photos of the crime scene before presiding Justice Vera Watkins adjourned the case until today.
Linda Evans and Anthony Delaney are the prosecutors. Dorsey McPhee represents Beckford.
Also at the Supreme Court, the prosecution is continuing its case against Cohen Lightbourne. He is on trial for the July 25, 2007 murder of Carl Russell at the home of a woman they both knew.
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August 13, 2014
Murder victims remembered during Fox Hill Day

The victims of a mass shooting in Fox Hill last year were remembered yesterday as residents of one of the oldest communities in New Providence celebrated Fox Hill Day. Prime Minister Perry Christie, Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell, Deputy Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis, Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson and several other Cabinet ministers joined Fox Hill residents in fellowship at several churches in the community.Claudezino Davis, Shaquille Demeritte, Shenique Sands and Eric Morrison were shot and killed on December 27. Speaking about the incident at St. Paul's Baptist Church, Mitchell said, "Life takes twists and turns, but we must, no matter what, do the things that make for peace and build up the common life."

He wore a shirt with an image of Davis on the front and back. At Mt. Carey Union Baptist Church, Sand's daughter, five-year-old Tamea Evans, performed a recitation titled "Roses" in remembrance of her mother."Roses are red, violets are blue; curry is sweet and my mom is too," she said. "I love her. She loves me. Rest in peace, mommy." The victims were in a crowd at Freedom Park in Fox Hill when the occupants of a gray car opened fire on the crowd. The incident sent shockwaves throughout the community and rallied community and religious leaders to increase outreach efforts in an attempt to end the violence. Detectives questioned more than 60 people as they tried to figure out who was responsible for the drive-by shooting. Four men were eventually arrested and charged with the four murders and the attempted murders of seven other people. Yesterday, Christie said he was pleased to be able to share in the innocence of the many performances by the young girl and boys, "at a time in our country where we have incredible social challenges that manifest themselves in terms of continued violence inflicted by young people on young people".Since Sunday, five people have been murdered in New Providence; three men and two women.

Fox Hill Day, celebrated on the second Tuesday in August, is a day set aside as a special celebration of the emancipation of slaves in The Bahamas. Fox Hill is named after the freed African Samuel Fox who was granted 23.5 acres of land at Creek Village in 1801.

During the service at Mt. Carey, several children depicted the 2012 general election on stage.

Clad in Progressive Liberal Party (PLP), Free National Movement (FNM) and Democratic National Alliance (DNA) paraphernalia, the children shouted out key phrases coined during the election campaign from the respective parties.When asked who they were voting for, each group ultimately shouted out "Jesus".

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June 22, 2013
Murdered witness testimony heard in Stubbs case

A murdered witness spoke from the grave yesterday when his deposition was read into evidence.
Presiding Judge Roy Jones granted the prosecution's request to have the evidence of Marcian Scott, who was murdered in 2006, entered into evidence at the retrial of Stephen Stubbs, Andrew Davis and Clinton Evans.
The men are on trial for the shooting death of DC Jimmy Ambrose and the attempted murder of Constable Marcian Scott at the now-closed Club Rock Disco on March 26, 1999.
Assistant Commissioner Stephen Seymour, who led Scott's evidence at the preliminary inquiry into the charges, read a transcript of Scott's evidence into the record.
According to the transcript, Scott and Ambrose were at the club to meet with an informant. He said that Ambrose picked him up and asked him to do so some spot checks for criminals.
Scott said a fight broke out in the packed club and he and Ambrose went to the front of the establishment. Scott said that he saw Stubbs, whom he referred to as 'Die', with a gun.
According to Scott, Die and Davis, whom he called 'Yogi', fired at them before running away. Scott said he took cover behind a car and called an ambulance for his colleague.
Scott said Davis was arrested at the scene when he returned.
Attorney Cecil Hilton questioned Scott's identification of Stubbs at the preliminary inquiry. Scott claimed that he had known Stubbs about a year prior to the incident.
However, Hilton said this couldn't be so as Stubbs was in prison for three years prior to the incident and had just recently been released.
Davis, who did not have a lawyer at the preliminary inquiry, questioned Scott himself. He suggested that Scott had implicated him to get even with him because of a prior run-in.
During cross-examination, Scott had admitted slapping and punching Davis during a prior arrest on charges of death threats.
Ducille did not question Scott on behalf of Evans at the preliminary inquiry.
All of the defendants are represented at the retrial. Ducille now appears for Stubbs, Ian Cargill appears for Davis and Romona Farquharson appears for Evans.

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September 17, 2011
Murderer gets life

A man who slit his girlfriend's throat and then set her body afire has been sentenced to life imprisonment.
Michael Beckford killed Sheanda Newton in October 2008 after they argued about whether she was "sick", according to the evidence presented at trial.
Citing precedents set out by the Privy Council cases of Maxo Tido and Earnest Lockhart, Justice Vera Watkins said Beckford's actions did not warrant the death penalty.
Prior to 2006, all murder convicts were condemned to death regardless of any mitigating factors that might have been present. In March 2006, the Privy Council ruled that this practice was unconstitutional.
Watkins said, "I am mindful of the fact that the circumstances of the present case, as in all cases of murder, are tragic and the resulting pain and suffering for the family members and loved ones of the victims are undoubtedly immeasurable.
"I am also mindful of the fact that Beckford displayed a casual or total disrespect for human life. However, upon reviewing the circumstances surrounding the killing of the victim in this case and the guidelines set out in the above mentioned cases, I am of the view that killing of the victim in the present case does not fall in the category of those that warrant the most condign punishment of death."
Watkins said that Beckford had no previous convictions for causing harm to another person and he was gainfully employed prior to his remand on the murder charge.
Watkins said that apart from arguing with Beckford, it appears that Newton did nothing to trigger the violent attack. She said the argument over whether Newton was sick "cannot justify the extreme reaction of Beckford."
She said, "According to Constable Dario Burrows, Beckford drove to his home, retrieved a bottle of diesel and then drove the victim to an area of Nassau Village where he assaulted her, dragged her out of his car, poured diesel over her body, placed a lit newspaper next to her body and then left her. Based on the sequence of events it appears as if Beckford had ample time for him to recover from anything the victim may have said during the argument.
"This leads me to conclude that Beckford's reaction is disproportional to the actions of the victim. Further, Beckford has expressed no empathy for the victim or her family.
"I note there has been a tragic loss of human life. Apart from the issue of whether or not the victim was 'sick' there is no indication as to a motive for the killing of the victim. The evidence does, however, suggest that Beckford showed no respect for human life.
"The victim's throat was cut in two areas. The act of setting fire to a newspaper and leaving it next to the victim's diesel soaked body indicates sadistic motivation on the part of Beckford."
Lifers have served anywhere from 10 years to their natural lives, depending on the decision of the Advisory Committee on the Prerogative of Mercy.Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham recently said government plans to introduce legislation to ensure that persons who receive life sentences die in prison.
Beckford was on bail for the murder of Michael Knowles when he killed Newton. Beckford was acquitted of Knowles' murder last year.
His lawyer, Dorsey McPhee, said he plans to appeal the conviction and sentence. Linda Evans appeared for the Crown.
 

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NAD and BPSU sign new industrial agreement
June 18, 2013
NAD and BPSU sign new industrial agreement

Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) and the Bahamas Public Service Union (BPSU) have signed a five-year industrial agreement impacting nearly 200 employees at the airport management company.
For Vernice Walkine, NAD's president and CEO, the new industrial agreement reached with the union allows NAD to continue to retain productive employees committed to making LPIA one of the best airports in the region.
"We're pleased to have concluded the negotiations. The new agreement outlines favorable terms for NAD employees while taking into consideration the tough economic times in which we now find ourselves operating," Walkine said.
"I'd like to thank our executive team headed by HR Director Sian Bevans for working with the union representatives in the best interest of NAD and our employees. I'd also like to thank Mr. John Pinder, president of BPSU, and his team for their committed efforts in this exercise."
Pinder has termed the agreement "very fair, very progressive and an example that we would wish for all employers to emulate".
The new agreement preserves NAD's high performance evaluation system, rewarding well-performing employees with higher wage increases. Final negotiations also include a signing bonus paid to employees in two installments, an increase in shift premiums, an increase in travel allowances and a cost of living adjustment on an annual basis for employees at their maximum salary bands.
The five-year agreement expires on December 31, 2016.

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NAD is Tickled Pink for Charity
December 05, 2013
NAD is Tickled Pink for Charity

Declaring ‘pink is a vibrant color that symbolizes good health and success,’ staff members of the Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD)...

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May 17, 2014
NEMA conducts phase II of water rescue training in Andros

NICHOLL'S TOWN, Andros -- The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, conducted Phase II of its Water Rescue Training Exercise on the island, in collaboration with the United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM), held April 28 to May 1, 2014.
Andros was the second island to receive the training, which took place in the settlement of Nicholl's Town at the Nicholl's Town Gospel Chapel Youth Hall.
USNORTHCOM donated the necessary equipment to facilitate the training and additional equipment to assist rescue teams with responding to disasters near the coast or swamplands.
The 19 participants who hailed from the community were taught how to: establish a Search and Rescue Programme, Common Skills (Rescue Organisation & Searches), handle ropes, hardware and knots, Low Angle Raising and Lowering, Simple Mechanical Advantage, Surface Water Rescue (Shore based rescue assessments, organisation and searches).
Participants included: Charlene Whyms, Carson Lundy, Kelson Colebrook, Kirkwood Dean, Tammy Farrington, Stephen Riley, Shane Miller, Owen Julius Hanna and Natalie Pratt, the Royal Bahamas Police Force, Natheria D. Pratt and Clorice Taylor-Knowles, Civil Aviation Department, Colin Ingraham, Royal Bahamas Defence Force, Omar Miller, Ministry of Public Works and Urban Development, Johnathan Fowler Sr., Nathaniel Pratt and Wendell Evans. Volunteers, Malissa Coakley and Andrea Smith Department of Public Service and Navardo J. Rolle, Western Air. Thirteen participants received level 2 certification and six received level 1.
The purpose of the training and equipment programme was to equip and train a team of individuals on the island to be able to effectively respond to a disaster in nearby waters. However, NEMA's main focus for this particular water rescue training was to ensure that individuals in the community are properly trained to respond if an aircraft or boating mishap happened in waters near the coast.

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May 20, 2014
NEMA conducts water rescue training on Andros

NICHOLL'S TOWN, Andros - The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) conducted the second phase of its water rescue training exercise on the island, in collaboration with the United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM), held April 28 to May 1, 2014. Andros is the second island to receive the training, which took place in the settlement of Nicholl's Town at the Nicholl's Town Gospel Chapel Youth Hall.
USNORTHCOM donated the necessary equipment to facilitate the training and additional equipment to assist rescue teams with responding to disasters near the coast or swamplands.
Nineteen participants who hailed from the community were taught how to establish a search-and-rescue program as well as a number of skills such as surface water rescue.
Participants included Charlene Whyms, Carson Lundy, Kelson Colebrook, Kirkwood Dean, Tammy Farrington, Stephen Riley, Shane Miller, Owen Julius Hanna and Natalie Pratt, of the Royal Bahamas Police Force; Natheria D. Pratt and Clorice Taylor-Knowles of the Civil Aviation Department, Colin Ingraham of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force; Omar Miller of the Ministry of Public Works and Urban Development, and Johnathan Fowler Sr., Nathaniel Pratt and Wendell Evans. Volunteers included Malissa Coakley and Andrea Smith, of the Department of Public Service, and Navardo J. Rolle, of Western Air. Thirteen participants received level 2 certification and six received level 1 certification.
The purpose of the training and equipment program is to equip and train a team of individuals on the island to be able to effectively respond to a disaster in nearby waters. However, NEMA's main focus for this particular water rescue training is to ensure that individuals in the community are properly trained to respond if an aircraft or boating mishap happens in waters near the coast. The class instructions were conducted by four certified water and rope rescue technicians from the United States Public Health Services, sponsored by USNORTHCOM. Leading the team was Captain Joseph Hughart and assisting were Captain John Holland, Commander Douglas Ebert and Lieutenant Commander Kiel Fisher. Senior Lieutenant Sonia Miller and Wendell Rigby from NEMA helped with the facilitation of the training.
Captain Stephen Russell, director of NEMA; Chief Councilor Bob Mackay and Jeffrey Smith of USNORTHCOM were all present to hand out certificates to participants. Captain Russell explained to participants the importance of having such a team on the island of Andros. He also encouraged the new rescue team to continue to work together and practice what they were taught to further strengthen their ability to respond to a disaster. Participants were also thanked for having the courage to take part in the training and committing themselves to take on such a meaningful task.
Overall, NEMA dubbed the training and equipment program held on the island a success. The participants were eager to learn and remained motivated during the training sessions. Over the past months water rescue training exercises have taken place in New Bight, Cat Island and in Clarence Town, Long Island. The total value of equipment donated by USNORTHCOM for phase II water rescue Training is $275,548.75.

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June 16, 2011
NEMA fraud case discontinued

Prosecutors formally dropped charges yesterday against two civil servants accused of defrauding the government after a judge refused an adjournment.
The fraud trial against Joseph Ferguson of Fresh Creek, Andros, and Patrick Evans of Flax Terrace, Malcolm Allotment, was supposed to begin on Wednesday.
However, AG prosecutor Ambrose Armbrister asked Justice Watkins to adjourn the matter because two prosecution witnesses were not available.

Armbrister presented a document that ended the proceedings when Justice Watkins refused to delay the proceedings. The case against Ferguson and Evans was discharged.
However, new charges can be brought against them.
On Tuesday, Chief Counsel Neil Brathwaite stepped down from the case because he knows one of the defendants personally.
He asked for the matter to be set down until Thursday, but the judge refused.
The men were first arraigned on charges that they defrauded the National Emergency Management Agency in May 2008.
Prosecutors decided to bypass a preliminary inquiry in the magistrate's court to speed up the trial process.

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