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June 18, 2014
DPM tells Miller to pay up

Deputy Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis said yesterday he is "disappointed" to learn that Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) Executive Chairman Leslie Miller still owes the corporation.
Davis said he directed Miller to bring his accounts up to date.
The Nassau Guardian revealed yesterday that Miller and one of his family-owned businesses owe the corporation more than $200,000.
Davis, who is the minister responsible for BEC, said he expects all delinquent customers to pay their bills, including Miller.
Davis said Miller previously indicated that he would pay his debt, but had not lived up to that promise.
"The chairman some time ago discussed his challenges with me," said Davis in the House of Assembly during debate on the 2014/15 budget, as Miller looked on.
"And he indicated to me that he had made arrangements to resolve those challenges. I'm disappointed that it hasn't happened. I spoke to him today and he assured me that he has made arrangements in place to settle his debt.
"I am satisfied with that. As I said, I was disappointed to see it because I thought it had been resolved. He explained to me the reason why it had not been done. I accepted that explanation.
"However, that does not excuse him from not paying his bill. I told him to go and pay, and he's telling me now that he's made the proper arrangements to do so."
When asked by sitting opposition members to detail the arrangements that Miller made, Davis said he will not go any further than that.
He added that "no one needs to ask me any more questions about that".

BEC records obtained by The Nassau Guardian showed that a Harrold Road building registered with BEC in Miller's name owed the corporation $46,373.77 as of Monday.
Those records also showed that a Harrold Road bowling alley, owned by Summerwinds Investments Ltd., owed the corporation $193,159.56, as of Monday.
Both businesses owed BEC a total of $239,533.33.
Davis addressed the matter in Parliament yesterday after he refused to take questions on the issue earlier as he exited Cabinet.
He was asked if the matter put into question Miller's position as executive chairman. However, Davis, who was walking to his car, turned and said, "I reserve all comments for now".
During his address in the House of Assembly, Davis said he was also disappointed that Miller's personal records were made public.
"I was disappointed to pick up the paper this morning and to see what was exposed," he said.
"First of all, I don't think that's the way we ought to be doing business. I don't think it's right for persons to expose other persons' confidential information."
Miller acknowledged on Monday that both businesses owe BEC money, though he did not confirm how much.
Miller said his daughters, who manage Mario's Bowling and Family Entertainment Palace, and their accountant informed him that they have an "ongoing situation" and give BEC a minimum of $5,000 every week.
Asked why the arrears on Mario's was so high, Miller said everyone's accounts get high when the economy goes bad.
As it relates to Sunburst Paints, which occupies the building on Harrold Road, Miller said over the last several years he has not paid attention to it, especially after his business partner died in an accident.
"We are, in fact, just getting Sunburst Paints back on track again, so that will be dealt with in short order," he said.

Speaking about the state of BEC's affairs generally, Davis yesterday noted that the corporation is struggling financially.
He said BEC owes banks a total of $239 million.
"Adding to BEC's financial struggles is defaulting customers," Davis said prior to addressing Miller's issue.
"Accounts receivables derived from the private sector, individual and corporate, continue to increase as a number of customers remain unable to meet payment arrangements.
"Even with revised payment arrangements, too many customers continue to default. Government receivables increased as well because many government agencies are not paying sufficient on their monthly bills."
Davis said while the corporation understands the challenges of the economy, the situation cannot continue much longer as the corporations has tremendous financial obligations.
He encouraged customers to pay.

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September 22, 2014
DPM: Hotels make payment arrangements after disconnection threat

Two of the "three hotels out west" that collectively owed the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) more than $30 million have made payment arrangements, according to Deputy Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis.
Last Tuesday, BEC Executive Chairman Leslie Miller threatened to disconnect the hotels if they did not settle their accounts by the end of the week.
When asked if Baha Mar is among those with delinquent accounts, Miller said, "All of them. All of the hotels out west".
Davis, who has ministerial responsibility for BEC, said while the matter is being

addressed, the arrears are

of "continuing concern", given BEC's financial position.
"We have reached out to all of these hotels and let them understand the situation," Davis said in a recent interview.
"Most of them have now made arrangements, which they are living up to.
"And there is one that we still have to sit down [with] and deal with."
He did not name the hotels or whether the hotel that had yet to come to terms could be disconnected.
In the House of Assembly on Wednesday, Miller said BEC is struggling with a fuel bill that exceeds $100 million.
He said unless the corporation pays off a $55 million fuel bill by the end of the month, the entire country would be without electricity.
Davis was asked why the hotels were allowed to amass such high electricity bills, given the corporation's "hemorrhaging" state.
He noted that the hotels collectively employ hundreds of Bahamians.
He also suggested the Christie-administration inherited the problem from the former government.
"Well, you know, this did not just happen," Davis said.
"This has been an ongoing situation that has been met, and we are addressing it now.
"...Again, as I said, there has to be this cooperative effort between government and these entities to ensure a mutual arrangement that would save both sides."
On Wednesday, Miller said he received a call from two of the hotels.
He said representatives promised to pay $2 million on their bills that day.
But Davis declined to say how much the hotels paid last week.
Pressed on whether a significant portion had been paid, Davis said, "First of all, we don't want to cripple the industry.
"You have to recognize that we are talking about hotels that are a critical component to the lifeline of our economy - tourism," he said.
"We have to partner with these entities to ensure the survivability of our lifeline.
"And so, it behooves us to sit with them and arrive at an arrangement where they can still survive, keep the economy going, and at the same time save BEC from its cash crisis."
Central Grand Bahama MP Neko Grant said on Wednesday that he was saddened to learn that single women and widows' lights are being turned off for hundreds of dollars when the "billionaires of West Bay Street [are] allowed to accumulate bills at BEC in excess of $25 million".
"It's just not right," Grant said in the House.
As it relates to the corporation's $55 million fuel bill this month, Davis said the government will bail out BEC if it cannot meet its financial obligations.
"We will not see BEC from a government point of view, left in a position where it is unable to meet its financial commitments," he said.
"We will have to find an answer to all of it. And that is what we will do.
"If it takes subsidizing then we will have to do that."

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March 10, 2014
DPM: Public will be consulted on BEC break-up deal

Amid calls for more transparency regarding the pending Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) break-up deal, Deputy Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis said yesterday the public will be consulted before any decision is made.
However, Davis insisted that the demand for more transparency "is political rhetoric, as always".
Democratic National Alliance Leader Branville McCartney last month called for more transparency regarding the BEC restructuring.
"The word transparency is a political appendage that one seeks to pull out of the hat whenever there is a need for attention; that's what I see," Davis said.
"I mean at the end of the day, the Bahamian people will be fully informed about what is happening, and has happened, and the timeline."
Prime Minister Perry Christie has said the government will not make similar errors with this deal that he insisted the former administration made with the majority sale of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company.
There are five companies that remain in the running to be part of the energy sector overhaul.
Davis said he expects a recommendation to be presented to Cabinet by March 18.
When asked why the government has not revealed more details on the planned restructuring and the companies involved, Davis said, "There are times when you don't allow information to get out because the information getting out could compromise the process.
"In this instance, we are attempting to preserve the integrity of the process.
"And once that is completed the Bahamian people will know, and before any decision is taken the Bahamian people will know, and have a part in it."
Davis said the government will meet with its advisors, KPMG (Bahamas), this week to finalize which of the bidders, if any, will be put forward.
KPMG has provided the government with advice and recommendations regarding the break-up and is responsible for updating the public on any developments.
Last month, BEC Executive Chairman Leslie Miller said it does not make sense for the government to bring in a foreign entity to generate power and then sell it back to BEC.
Although he admitted BEC does not have the capital to borrow enough money for a new power plant, Miller noted the corporation has been generating power for the entire country with the exception of Grand Bahama for more than 60 years.
In response, Davis said, "That is his view, but... to find new capital, to create new generation capacity and to renovate the capacity that we do have has to come from somewhere.
"And the question is, where from? Government debt is such that red flags have been hoisted as to whether we could add more to it."
However, Davis said if the government finds that engaging a private entity is not in the best interest of the Bahamas, it would look at BEC "and try to continue as it is".
He said a Cabinet sub-committee completed meetings with each of the bidders.
That sub-committee has since held several internal meetings to analyze the proposals, Davis added.

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June 26, 2014
Dame Marguerite, Leslie Miller and the PLP's culture of entitlement

The very essence of the PLP's deep-seated and arrogant sense of entitlement may be seen in Dame Marguerite Pindling's dismissive and contemptible attitude toward paying property taxes.
She has received large sums of money from the state in the form of a lump sum payment of close to half a million dollars as a part of her husband's pension. She now receives a generous yearly pension. She has received more than a million dollars in pension since her husband's death.
Were she to become governor general, she would have both the pension and the salary of governor general and after demitting office she would have two lucrative pensions.
As governor general she would enjoy the comforts of Government House, first-class travel and live mostly at the expense of the state and taxpayers.
And yet, despite a sizeable pension and desiring the comforts associated with being head of state, she somehow found it acceptable to have owed the state approximately $300,000 in property taxes.
The message to taxpayers: Afford me an extraordinary level of comfort though I'm not prepared to pay my fair share of taxes.
It is former Prime Minister Sir Lynden Pindling and his imperial court which created the PLP's sense and culture of entitlement. So pernicious is this sense that some deem that it should not be questioned.
This was exemplified by the astoundingly ridiculous comments of PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts after Dame Marguerite Pindling's tax bill became public. Had this bill been applicable to an FNM in a similar position one may be assured that Roberts himself would have helped to lead an attack on that individual and given his penchant it may have been vicious.
As a potential head of state Lady Pindling is open to scrutiny. In many other countries she would have been disqualified from serving as head of state because of her attitude toward paying her tax bill.
Prime Minister Perry Christie should not proceed with recommending her appointment. Thus far in his administration he has presided over a decline in public standards.
In the interest of decency and the good name of the state, a possible candidate in another country would have withdrawn from consideration as head of state. But in the culture of entitlement that is the PLP, the country's good name is of considerably less significance than the self-interest of the party and its demigods.
As it stands, and unlike any appointee thus far, Dame Marguerite Pindling's possible ascent to Mt. Fitzwilliam is already mired in controversy because of the outstanding bill which was near miraculously paid in haste.
A reasonable question that would arise in other countries is that of how the bill was paid. Moreover, if it could be paid this quickly, why wasn't it paid before?
The head of state should be beyond reproach in such matters. The years of non-payment and now rushed payment does not make us look good in the international arena.
The sense of entitlement by the Pindling court is often manifested in the attitude of "look at how much we did for this country", as if public service entitles one to getting away with all manner of conduct, much of which was detailed in a commission inquiry, the details of which will certainly resurface if Dame Marguerite Pindling becomes governor general, all of which will be a further embarrassment to the country.
The Pindlings did give service. But they were rewarded quite handsomely and for a quarter of a century, despite all manner of excesses by the Pindling court. Today, Sir Lynden is on the one dollar note. Our main international airport is named after him. Dame Marguerite Pindling has been knighted in her own right.
The country remembers also the victimization and unfettered corruption of the Pindling era, especially during the scourge of the drug years when the country sank to new lows from which we have yet to recover. Yet there has never really been an apology for this era, a period of truth and reconciliation for the great harm did to the country.
Illegal enterprises
With all of the excess, many Bahamians find cloying this attitude of what the country owes to the Pindlings.
The recent revelation that the Pindling Foundation accepted a prize of a BMW from a numbers house suggests a comfort level with accepting donations from illegal enterprises. It is yet another example of how our standards continue to decline.
The troubling excuse for having accepted the donation is that a precedent had been set by another group that accepted such a donation. It is a curious ethical position. What about following the precedent of those who have not accepted such donations?
That others may have done what is wrong does not make it right or excusable for one to engage in the same conduct. There are all manner of precedents for illegality, which does not mean that one should follow suit.
Just because many people don't pay their property taxes or are willing to accept donations from various enterprises does not make any of this conduct acceptable.
It is an adolescent morality which says 'excuse me for the wrong I do because other people are doing the same thing'. This is the adolescent mindset often advanced by Labour Minister Shane Gibson: Don't mind what we do in the PLP, because others do the same thing.
Despite what is often a false equivalence by Gibson and a question of degree, no matter which side engages in certain conduct, if it is against the law it is not excusable.
Around the same time as the revelation emerged about Dame Marguerite Pindling's non-payment of property taxes over the course of more than a decade, BEC Executive Chairman Leslie Miller's quarter of a million dollar electricity bill came to light.
Again the culture of entitlement and double standards arose. It is a pattern in the PLP from the VAT Coordinator Ishmael Lightbourne to Miller. The very individual charged with seeking to maintain certain standards is found to have ignored those standards in his own conduct even while telling the rest of us to pay our taxes and our electricity bills.
And, of course, in the PLP's culture of slackness they were able to keep their jobs. In the end the fault is with Christie, who is the latest emperor reigning over the PLP's sense of entitlement and double standards.
Sad excuse
To deflect from his non-payment and that of Dame Marguerite Pindling, Miller claimed that the media is attacking black people. It is a laughable and sad excuse. Were they also attacking him for being black when he claimed to have violently battered a woman?
A part of Miller's bill was quickly paid off in an unusual manner. He claimed to have paid by cashier's check, though this journal reported that may not have been the case. If the payment was made in cash he has misled the public and the prime minister, which would be yet another reason for his dismissal.
But Christie is unlikely to fire Miller for the same reason he refused to comment on Miller's statement on abusing a former girlfriend. Christie is simply afraid of Miller.
In the end, Christie is the problem. He has allowed standards to decline, precipitously. In a break with past budgets he presented a budget missing in critical details. He allowed the operation of the National Intelligence Agency though it has no legal footing.
He appointed and maintained a VAT coordinator delinquent in paying a huge tax bill. He remained silent as Miller joked about domestic abuse. He is likely to appoint someone as governor general whom many, including many in his party, do not believe for good reason should be head of state.
Revenue collection by the state is undermined when those in authority do not pay their fair share. We now have a situation in which the VAT coordinator, the chairman of BEC, possibly various Cabinet ministers and the potential head of state exhibited a cavalier attitude toward paying various bills.
All of this is the essence of the PLP's culture of entitlement, in which the rest of us are expected to pay our bills, while some at the very top continue to be rewarded with high salaries and high-level appointments paid for by those who pay their taxes and electricity bills.
All of which is the essence of the PLP's culture of entitlement, in which the rest of us are expected to pay our bills, while some at the very top continue to be rewarded with high salaries and high-level appointments paid for by those who pay their taxes and electricity bills.

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August 27, 2013
Davis says BEC bill reductions on the way

Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) residential consumers may see more than a 10 percent reduction reflected in their September or October electricity billing cycle, Deputy Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis said.

BEC Executive Chairman Leslie Miller has said residential consumers can expect to see a 10 percent reduction in their bills by the end of September...

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July 23, 2012
Davis: BEC privatization may be considered in the future

While the government has no plans now to restructure the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC), Deputy Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis said the option may be considered in the future if it can lead to lower electricity costs for Bahamians.
The Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) promised to initiate a plan to lower the cost of electricity within its first 100 days.
"In our quest to lower costs, if restructuring would contribute to that, that would be an option to be considered," he told The Nassau Guardian yesterday.
"We have been reviewing a number of proposals in respect to means by which we could cut energy costs and we are exploring all of those, and very shortly you will be seeing a statement from us,"said Davis, who has oversight of BEC. He revealed that plans will be announced by August 16.
The Guardian understands that the government had a meeting with a company that builds and maintains power plants last week. The company reportedly proposed a plan to save BEC millions of dollars in fuel costs over the next five years.
Last month, BEC Chairman Leslie Miller revealed that the government is considering privatizing BEC.
"The government has mandated that BEC will probably be privatized but the caveat is that we will sell no [more] than 40 percent of the shares of BEC to any foreign entity," said Miller.
"There is a quest to privatize BEC at some point in time, so it very well may take place."
Miller added that no decision has been made on the issue as yet.
From 2007 to 2011, BEC spent $1.46 billion on fuel, according to Miller.

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February 16, 2012
Deaconess Clarabell Hanna - Williams, 78

Funeral service for Deaconess Clarabell Hanna – Williams, 78, of Redland Acres and formerly of Snug Corner, Acklins will be held on Saturday February 18th, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at Ebenezer Mission Baptist Church, St. Charles Vincent Street, Englerston.

Officiating will be Bishop Elkin Symonette and Rev. Dr. Michael C. Symonette, assisted By: Rev. T. G. Morrison and other Associate Ministers, Deacons and Evangelist.

Interment will follow in Woodlawn Gardens Cemetery, Soldier Road.

Her survivors include her children: Dr. Carolyn Rolle, Sharon Seymour, Diane Turnquest and Elma Hanna Gonzales of Bradenton, Florida, Roger and Alfred Williams, Raymond Moss and Leslie St. Alb ...

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Death Row drying up
June 27, 2011
Death Row drying up

Only four men under the sentence of death at Her Majesty's Prison could still face the hangman's noose, according to records kept by the Office of the Attorney General.

Edwin Bauld Jr., Renaldo Bonaby, Mario Flowers and Wilfred McPhee were all sentenced to death in 2010. Bauld and McPhee were convicted of the October 2007 murder of 28-year-old Police Corporal Edison Bain.
Bonaby was sentenced to death for the December 6, 2006 murder of Philip Gaitor Jr.

And Mario Flowers was sentenced to death for the December 29, 2007 murder of Ramos Williams, a policeman who was killed in the line of duty.
The other men under the sentence of death -- with the exception of one -- were sentenced more than five years ago, according to the information.

Ernest Lockhart was sentenced on July 24, 2006, nearly five years ago, for the murder of Caxton Smith, which took place on June 8, 1999.
The Privy Council ruled in 1993 in the Jamaican case of Earl Pratt and Ivan Morgan that it would be cruel and inhumane for prisoners to wait more than five years on death row.

At least four men are still awaiting re-sentencing because a 2006 Privy Council ruling determined that the mandatory death sentence was unconstitutional, according to the Office of Attorney General's records.
Dolan Bethel, Peter Cash, Ervin Brown and Leslie Webster must all be re-sentenced, according to the information provided.

Some of them have been under the sentence of death since the 1990s.
According to the AG's records, nine people are under the sentence of death in The Bahamas. Up until recently, Anatole McQuay was also under the sentence of death, but he was re-sentenced to life.

McQuay was sentenced to death on April 1, 1996 for the 1994 murder of Gurth Dean during an attempted armed robbery of his meat shop on Carter Street.

At the time of his trial, the death penalty was the only sentence available to the judge. Until recently, Maxo Tido and Godfrey Sawyer were also under the sentence of death.

But, as has been widely reported, the Privy Council recently quashed Tido's death sentence, saying that the murder of his 16-year-old victim did not fall into the category of 'worst of the worst' or 'rarest of the rare' and therefore did not warrant the death penalty.

That ruling came just over five years after Tido was sentenced to death.  Under the 1993 ruling in Pratt and Morgan, he would have escaped the gallows in any event.

In April, the Court of Appeal eliminated the possibility of Sawyer facing the death penalty for the shooting death of Sterling Eugene when it quashed his murder conviction. However, the court ordered that Sawyer face a retrial on the charge of manslaughter.

Then Senior Justice Anita Allen sentenced Sawyer, 29, to death on November 9, 2009 for the murder of Eugene, a Quality Discount Store employee killed during an armed robbery.  Allen is now the president of the Court of Appeal.

On Friday, justices of the Court of Appeal said in a ruling that Allen failed to a give an "objective" summary of the evidence during Sawyer's murder trial. The Court of Appeal was of the view that Allen "failed to achieve a fair balance in her analysis on the evidence relevant to intention [to kill], which must be proved to support a murder charge."
Last year, the government was preparing to read Sawyer a death warrant.

The four men sentenced to death last year all have appeals pending before the Court of Appeal, according to Nassau Guardian records.
If they lose their cases, they could still appeal to the Privy Council and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

The long appeals process without any time limits means that the five-year period for executions set by the Pratt and Morgan ruling often runs out. If the Court of Appeal affirms a death sentence, there is no timeframe for a person to appeal to the Privy Council and the convict often does not until a death warrant is read.

A death penalty bill promised by the government will address categories of murder. The Nassau Guardian understands that it will not address timeframes. "Unless you put timeframes in place you're only spinning tops in the mud," one judicial source said.

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July 29, 2014
Death penalty a diminishing option

Almost three years after Parliament legislated which murders warrant the death penalty, the ultimate punishment has only been handed down twice, The Nassau Guardian can reveal.
According to Guardian records, the courts ruled in favor of life imprisonment in four cases in which prosecutors sought the death penalty.
The mandatory imposition of the death penalty was abolished in 2006 after the Privy Council ruled it was unconstitutional.
While overturning the death sentence of Maxo Tido, who was sentenced to death in 2007 under the discretionary sentencing regime, the country's final appellate court in 2011 determined that the death penalty must only be given in cases where the facts of the offense are "the most extreme and exceptional - the worst of the worst or the rarest of the rare".
Secondly, there must be no reasonable prospect of reform, and death would be the only way punishment is achieved.
The judgment said: "Murder is always a heinous crime. But it is clear that a death sentence - the ultimate and final sentence - must be reserved for the wholly exceptional category of cases within this most serious class of the offense."
In 2013, two men were sentenced to death after the courts ruled that these criteria were satisfied. Child killer Kofhe Goodman was sentenced to death for the murder of 11-year-old Marco Archer after Justice Bernard Turner determined that his crime could be considered the "worst of the worst" and that Goodman showed no prospect of reform due to his continued attacks against children. Goodman committed the murder shortly after serving time for the attempted murder of a 10-year-old boy.
Senior Justice Jon Isaacs sentenced contract killer Anthony Clarke Sr. to death for the murder of Aleus Tilus. He had reportedly been paid $5,000.
In 2011, Parliament attempted to define the "worst of the worst" by categorizing the murders of judicial officers, the murder of more than one person, and murder committed in the course of a robbery, rape, kidnapping, terrorism or a contract killing as death eligible offenses.
According to the statute, crimes falling within those categories also attract life sentences.
This year, the Court of Appeal struck a blow to the legislation when it overturned the murder sentence for Mario Flowers. He was convicted of the 2007 murder of Police Constable Ramos Williams.
The court ruled, "We are convinced that in those circumstances, to impose and seek to sustain the death penalty is to discount, if not put to naught, any prospect of reform or social re-adaptation that he could prove capable of.
"This is not to ignore the fact that it was a policeman whom he killed, but it could have been any civilian going to officer Williams' aid or any innocent bystander for that matter.
"Therefore, to impose and seek to sustain the death penalty in those circumstances would, we are convinced, negate the presumption of right to life."
In 2013, Justice Roy Jones sentenced Stephen "Die" Stubbs, Andrew "Yogi" Davis and Clint "Russ" Evans to life imprisonment for the 1999 murder of Police Constable Jimmy Ambrose.
Jones determined, "The argument of the Crown that it is an extreme and exceptional murder by being included in a particular category in the statute is rejected.
"Furthermore, although the deceased was on duty, there is no suggestion in the evidence that he was targeted because he was a policeman in the execution of his duties."
In 2013, Simeon Bain received a life sentence for the September 2009 murder of Burger King manager Rashad Morris, after a judge rejected prosecutors' arguments for the death penalty.
Simeon Bain was convicted of Morris' murder, kidnapping, robbery and breaking into the Tonique Williams-Darling Highway outlet of the fast food chain.
While finding Bain's crime heinous and cold-blooded, Justice Indra Charles did not find that his actions met the stringent guideline set by the Privy Council of the "worst of the worst".
Charles said, "The law has developed, evolved perhaps for the worst, but the threshold now held by the Privy Council is very high."
Charles added that there was no evidence that Bain was incapable of reform.
According to the prosecution's case, Bain plotted to rob the store after learning that Morris had been promoted to manager.
He pretended to have a romantic interest in Morris and arranged a date with him after sending him text messages.
Bain beat Morris and tossed him in the trunk of his car. Bain slashed his throat and stabbed him about the body after he could not open the store's safe.
Prosecutors sought the death penalty for Janaldo Farrington, who was convicted of shooting banker Stephen Sherman in a murder-for-hire plot in 2012.
According to prosecutors, Farrington's crime satisfied two of the criteria for the imposition of the death penalty, as the murder was a contract killing and Sherman was robbed at gunpoint before his life was taken.
However, the trial judge determined that the crime did not fall within the "worst of the worst" and sentenced him to life in May.
This year, Justice Charles sentenced Serrano Adderley, a Jamaican national, to two life sentences for the July 11, 2011 murders of Kevin Forbes and Alwayne Leslie at a Haitian shantytown off Montgomery Avenue.
The jury accepted evidence that Adderley fatally shot Forbes, 40, and Leslie, 28, in a feud over drugs.
Adderley denied that he was at the scene of the crime. However, the main witness for the prosecution, Shawn Knowles, positively identified that the Jamaican was at the scene.
At the time of his testimony, Knowles was out on bail in relation to three murders.
He and another suspect are accused of murdering Edward Braynen, Shackara Rahming and Erica Ward on July 30, 2011.
Ward was Adderley's girlfriend. She was eight months pregnant.
Under Bahamian law fetal homicide is not an offense.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for George Williams, who was convicted of the 2008 murders of Andy Weekes and Terrel Mingo.
Prosecutors relied on the legislation that defined the murder of multiple victims as death eligible. They also argued that his previous conviction for manslaughter showed he was beyond reform.
His sentencing hearing is set for August 8.

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Debate On Pension Fund
January 15, 2013
Debate On Pension Fund

While former City Market staff continue to await their retirement and severance pay-outs, parliamentarians yesterday debated the Employee Pension Fund Protection Bill. The Bill seeks to ensure the long term security of pension funds, particularly in the private sector, and how they are managed and regulated. Speaking to MPs in the House of Assembly, State Legal Affairs Minister Damian Gomez charged that the Bill could not have come at a better time, given the examples of failed funds in recent times.

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