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A witness claimed that he saw the three men on trial for the murder of Constable Jimmy Ambrose shoot the officer as they kicked and stomped him while on the ground.
James Campbell was testifying in the retrial of Stephen Stubbs, Andrew "Yogi" Davis and Clinton "Russ" Evans, who are accused of the shooting death of Ambrose and the attempted murder of his partner, Officer Marcian Scott, outside the Club Rock Disco on March 26, 1999...
Keith Johnson, 48, is in hospital suffering from hypothermia and severe dehydration, but he said he could not be happier.
Johnson is one of two men who swam for nearly 27 hours in shark-infested waters after they became separated from a fishing boat they were traveling in on Saturday.
Johnson, a father of three, said he set out on a fishing trip early that morning with his friend, Silbert Evans, and another man he knows only as John.
He said when they got about 31 miles off the coast of New Providence, he and John began to dive.
He said Evans stayed on the boat after they decided against dropping the anchor.
Johnson said he and John used a rope to stay connected to the boat.
"I speared a crawfish and a fish," Johnson said. "Then I saw a mutton fish and I let go [of the rope] and I went down and speared the fish."
Johnson said when he surfaced, he realized that John had also let go of the rope.
At the point, he said, the 21-foot boat was drifting and quickly moving farther out to sea.
Johnson said Evans was not an experienced seaman and did not know how to steer the boat.
"I tried to swim but it kept going farther away from me," he said. "In no time [the boat] was just a small dot on the horizon."
Johnson said he decided then that his best chance would be to swim toward a small cay that he saw in the distance.
However, he said the current proved too hard to overcome, especially for John, whom Johnson described as a weak swimmer.
Johnson said he then decided that they would attempt to swim in the direction of Rose Island.
They pair swam together for a couple hours, however, Johnson said John soon caught a cramp and indicated that he could swim no farther.
"I told him to hold on to the spear and I started to tow him. The weather started pushing us back in the opposite direction. So then I decided to swim to the west toward Nassau. Around 10 p.m. I could see the red light on top of Atlantis."
Johnson said about midway though their journey, two sharks began to circle them.
"One touched me," he said. "I hit him with the sling I had."
Johnson said the sharks did not immediately go away, but they did not attack him or John.
Growing wearier with each passing minute, Johnson said by about 4 a.m., he told John that he would have to swim on his own.
"He started to but he was just so tired," Johnson said. "I dropped the spear and my weight belt and started to help him again."
Johnson said about an hour later he saw two fishing boats and screamed for help.
But he said no one heard him.
"By daybreak we were swept back about eight to nine miles south of Yamacraw shores," Johnson said. "Soon I was able to see a building in Montagu."
Johnson said in those early morning hours, he lost all feelings in his legs.
Tired, weak and hungry, he said he prayed for a boat to pass. But his prayers were not answered.
"I told [John] that he had to let me go," Johnson said. "At first I let him go...but he called out my name and I went back to him.
"I swam about 300 yards and looked back and I couldn't see him any more. I went back to see if I saw him, but I couldn't find him. I asked the Lord to help me find him.
"I couldn't find him so I left. At that point, I felt real depressed. I felt the loss."
By some miracle, Johnson said, he was able to make it to shore.
Having used the last of his energy to swim, Johnson said he was unable to stand after his feet finally made contact with sand.
"I closed my eyes and said, 'Lord, please send somebody to help me'," he said.
"I opened my eyes and...I saw people. I shouted and they heard me, and they came running."
Johnson said he was in the water from 10:30 a.m. on Saturday to about noon on Sunday.
Rescuers found John some time later and a mail boat operator picked up Evans, according to Johnson.
The boat they were on is reportedly still drifting.
As Johnson reflected on his story of survival yesterday, he said the events changed his life.
"I must say I found a closer attachment to my Lord and savior," he said.
"I have a greater appreciation for life."
Johnson said he might be released from hospital today.
A man who was yesterday charged with setting fire to a male dormitory at the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) in North Andros last month said he was nowhere near the site when the fire started.
Dave Dion Moxey, 50, who appeared before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt in Nassau, was charged with one count of arson.
He was not required to enter a plea.
Police alleged that Moxey unlawfully and intentionally set the building ablaze on January 15.
Ferguson-Pratt told Moxey that she will entertain an application for bail on Monday.
In the meantime, she remanded him to Her Majesty's Prisons. Moxey's case will begin on April 14 when it is expected to proceed by way of a voluntary bill of indictment.
When asked if he had anything to say, Moxey said, "Yes. The investigation was poorly executed."
"I'm being violated of my rights," he said.
"I was in Fresh Creek, Andros, when the fire started, which is not in North Andros."
Moxey said several witnesses could vouch for him.
Ferguson-Pratt stopped Moxey and informed him that his comments were "trial issues", which she could not entertain.
According to police, the fire started on the roof of the building shortly before 7 p.m.
Volunteers and officials extinguished the fire around 8:30 p.m. after it raged for more than four hours.
Superintendent Walter Evans said his team had to use garden hoses to extinguish the flames due to a lack of resources on the island.
The government has spent over $23 million of BAMSI.
Deputy Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis said the government was "saddened" by the event but will not be distracted.
He said, "We will rebuild".
Since taking office, the government has touted BAMSI as one of its most important initiatives.
While it faced several delays and a protracted construction period, the first group of students started at the institute last year.
A 59-year-old man was killed in a fire that gutted his Chippingham home on Saturday, authorities said.
The victim, identified by neighbors as Kevin Young, was reportedly home alone when the fire started.
Superintendent Walter Evans, officer in charge of Fire Services, said it was unclear how the fire started.
However, he said, no foul play was suspected.
Evans said the home had no electricity supply.
Van Thompson, who lives across the street from Young, said when he noticed the fire, he attempted to call the police emergency lines, but they were down.
He said another neighbor eventually got through to the authorities on an alternative number.
Thompson said he had no idea that Young was in the burning home, as he had just spoken to him an hour before he noticed the fire.
"I didn't worry too much... because I said he probably wasn't in there," Thompson said.
"I feel really bad because I knew him all my life."
He said he and other neighbors tried to put out the fire using their hoses, but they only had a minimal impact.
Evans warned homeowners to equip their homes with smoke detectors and fire extinguishers.
Young reportedly lived in the home with his brother.
Evans said if people have challenges getting through to the police emergency lines, they can contact the fire control room at 322-1225 or 302-8404.
Evans also gave an update on the Homestead fire that claimed the lives of six people, including a two-year-old, last September.
At the time of that fire, Evans said investigators were expected to wrap up investigations within two weeks. However, on Saturday he said the matter was still being probed.
Family members told reporters previously they suspected foul play, but Evans said that had yet to be determined.
The victims were all found dead in the bathroom of the small four-room structure, according to authorities.
A judge yesterday directed an acquittal in the trial of a woman accused of stealing more than $7,000 from the National Insurance Board (NIB).
Prosecutors alleged that Rose Annemarie Forbes, 53, of Foster Street, pocketed $7,124 in NIB contributions she collected from four Haitians from July 2007 to May 2008.
East Sunrise Mortuary
Funeral Service for Manera Varinga Sands, age 81 of Yellow Elder Gardens and formerly of, South Andros who died on August 15th 2011 will be held on Sunday at 11 a.m. at Bahamas Holy Bible Mission, Bahama Avenue and 4th Street, The Grove. Officiating will be Rev. Frankie D. Scott assisted by Rev. Henry L. Rolle and Other Ministers. Interment will follow in Lakeview Gardens, J. F. K. Drive.
She is survived by her daughter: Gaelene Bain; 2 Sons: John and Berkley Sands Sr., 3 Brothers: Norman, Richard and Doral Munroe; Son in law: Oswald Bain; Daughter-in-law: Barbra Sands; Grandsons: Dale, Dwayne, Dwight, Darren and David Bain, Berkley Sands Jr., Granddaughters: Sabrina, Zakiya, Kira, Nadia and Nakeshia; Great grandchildren: Elton and Sanjay Bain, Trayvon Laing; Adopted daughters: Betty Adderley and Varinga Tate; Sisters-in- laws: Rachel, Monica, Lottie and Joyce Munroe, Rosalie McPhee, Melissa Sands; Brother-in- law: Apostle J.B. Sands; Nieces: Jennifer, Judy, Donna Bethel, Sheryl, Karen, Tanya and Deborah Munroe, Kimberley Hayles, Kanesha, Maria Taylor, Jacquelyn McMinns, Mikerlene Rolle, Unamae Forbes; Paula, Sandra, Nyoka Sands, Wyoming, Eulease Benson, Valencia, Winsetta, Amanda and Marie; Nephews: Gregory, Bruce, George, Miron, Edmond, Richard Jr., Reginald, Everette, Deno and Anthony Munroe, William, Calbart, Harry Burrows, Nathaniel Smith, Richard Sands, Elgin Carey; Other close family members and friends including: Reverend and Mrs. Frankie Scott and Family, Otis, Grisley, Elgin and Lenore Munroe, Vera Rolle, Rowena Sands, Percy and Shirley Sands and Family, Alma Young, Reverend and Mrs. Jacob Adderley and Family, Reverend and Mrs. Henry Rolle and Family, Theodore Bevans, Angela Knowles, Sarah Burrows and Family, Miriam Sands, Leon Smith and Family, Mildred Robinson, Curley Williams, Nurse Barnett and Dr. Carter, The entire Little Creek Family ,The Bahamas Holy Bible Mission church family and numerous other friends too many to mention.
Friends may pay their last respects at East Sunrise Mortuary from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. at the Church on Sunday until service time.