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CONCERNS that the Government's Business Licence reforms were causing the private sector "a great magnitude of uncertainty" were raised yesterday, one attorney telling Tribune Business that the ability to suspend or revoke a firm's licence "for other good cause" was too vague, especially in the absence of a clearly defined appeals process.
Disgruntled investors have told the Canadian government that "the Bahamas justice system appears to be stuck in neutral" in handling their complaints over a $52 million real estate development, blasting perceived 'inaction' by both the current and former administrations.
Afriend and former colleague of murdered charity worker Nellie Mae Brown-Cox said yesterday justice was served after a jury found contractor Prince Hepburn guilty of her 2011 murder.
The 12-member panel rejected the defense's argument that Hepburn had a "temporary psychotic break", after learning of Brown-Cox's alleged infidelity, which led him to hack her to death with a cutlass.
Linda LaFleur, treasurer of the Bahamas Heart Association, said she hoped the verdict would bring closure for Brown- Cox's family and friends.
"We were hearing all during the trial that they would get him off for insanity and stuff like that," said LaFleur at her office on West Bay Street.
"We were hearing all these different views that the lawyers were coming up with and you always have that in the back of your mind.
"I always felt that justice would have been served, and today my feelings came to fruition that justice was duly served."
Brown-Cox's family, including her estranged husband, were present at yesterday's hearing. However, the family did not speak to the press about the conviction.
LaFleur said she hoped Brown-Cox's two adult daughters would be able to get past her murder.
"I am happy for them," she said.
"Now they can really put some closure to this and get on with their lives because they had this hanging over them for the last two years.
"It was really terrible. They couldn't really move on, so now that this is behind them, it will take them a little while... but they can move on and try to make something of themselves because they have big shoes to fill."
LaFleur said she will remember the victim as a gogetter who was full of life. She added that the way Brown- Cox was portrayed after her death was at odds with the woman she knew.
Brown-Cox was president of the Bahamas Heart Association at the time of her murder.
"She was a person that was full of life and she was a gogetter,"LaFleur said. "She liked to make things happen and get things done. Once she put her mind to it there was nothing to stop her. She would get it done.
"She was really fun to work with and during her presidency a lot of things happened.
"You didn't know that person that they tried to paint such an awful picture about. So I never even went on the computer to try to look because I didn't want to see. I didn't want to besmirch my images of her."
Brown-Cox and Hepburn, who dated for five years, were estranged from their respective spouses.
Hepburn became depressed after learning that Brown-Cox was cheating on him with a man who lived in the United States, according to evidence presented at trial.
Shortly after the murder, crime scene photos showing Brown-Cox's injuries spread over the Internet.
Brown-Cox was killed between April 6 and April 7, 2011.
Hepburn will be sentenced on May 22.
Prosecutor Franklyn Williams said yesterday the Crown will not seek the death penalty.
Hepburn's attorney, Murrio Ducille, plans to appeal the conviction.
After a man was acquitted in the Supreme Court of an Eleuthera home-invasion and murder, relatives of the 66-year-old female victim are blaming the police’s “sloppy investigation” for the fact that her killer is still at large. Speaking to The Tribune after 47-year-old Livingston...
By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
A GRAND BAHAMA-BASED employer is today set to have 'make or break' talks with the island's monopoly power supplier in a last-ditch bid to save 60 jobs, telling Tribune Business it could not see how Freeport "can ever recover from this disaster" as it relates to power costs.
Stephen Howes, the major shareholder in Queen's Highway-based Fenestration and Glass services, in an e-mail sent to this newspaper said the company had slimmed its workforce considerably since its 300-strong maximum.
Pointing out that Gregory Moss, the attorney and PLP candidate for Marco City was incorrect in stating that Fenestration had completely shut ...
The Government was yesterday urged to publicly commit to, and give a timeline for, completing financial services regulatory reform, a leading attorney warning it would be "a major mistake" not to complete the process.
Brian Moree, senior partner at McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes, told Tribune Business he feared that the relative success enjoyed in physically consolidating the Securities Commission, Compliance Commission and Insurance Commission into one building could encourage the Government to not proceed with the final step.
This would involve either merging the three into either one 'super regulator', together with the Central B ...
THE five most influential women in the Bahamas were identified by the US Embassy in a cable released by Wikileaks yesterday.
They are: Tribune publisher Eileen Dupuch Carron, Court of Appeal president Joan Sawyer, former Deputy Prime Minister Cynthia "Mother" Pratt, former Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson and domestic violence victims' advocate Sandra Dean-Patterson.
In the 2007 cable Mrs Pratt, current Progressive Liberal Party MP for St Cecilia, was chosen because of her position as deputy prime minister and minister of national security within the Christie administration.
Last night Mrs Pratt said she was grateful to be on the list.
"It was an honour to serve, most ...