Murder Suspect Bailed With ‘Strict Conditions’

August 2, 2017

The male suspect arrested in connection with the murder of 21-year-old Jahkoby Smith has been bailed by the Bermuda Police Service, with “strict reporting conditions.”

Mr Smith was fatally stabbed on Saturday evening at the West End Sailboat Club, which was hosting the wake following the funeral for the late Jachari Francis, who was murdered last month.

In a previous press statement, Superintendent [Acting] Nicholas Pedro said, “Investigations lead us to believe that the death of Mr. Smith was as a result of anti-social behaviour by persons attending the wake, fueled by alcohol and/or drugs.

“This behaviour escalated into a full melee, with weapons being drawn, and Mr. Smith and another man being stabbed, and tragically Mr. Smith lost his life.

“I would like to reassure the community that whilst this was indeed a senseless death, this event was not a retaliatory event that occurred as a result of the death of Mr. Francis.

“It is our understanding that the persons involved in the death of Mr. Smith, and Mr. Smith himself were associates and friends of the deceased Mr. Francis.”

Police press conference held earlier this week

A police spokesperson said, “A suspect arrested on suspicion of the murder of Jahkoby Smith has been bailed by the Bermuda Police Service, with strict reporting conditions.

“Detectives from the Serious Crime Unit continue to investigate this case as a matter of priority, but are asking the public to come forward and help them bring the offender[s] to justice.

“We are aware that some persons will possess information, or may have seen the murder of Jahkoby Smith, and the stabbing of the other young man with him.

“The Police rely on the community to help them solve crime, and this matter is no different. We need persons who can help to come forward and talk to the Detectives investigating this senseless killing.

“Anyone with information is urged to contact the Serious Crime Unit on 247-1739 or 295-0011.”

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