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Fatal Collision: Court Hears Police Testimony

Fatal Collision: Court Hears Police Testimony

[Written by Don Burgess] “I may have been going too fast.” Those were the words jurors heard from police officers who say Andrew Lake spoke to them after allegedly crashing into a boat resulting in the death of New Zealand visitor Mary McKee on June 1, 2017. Mr Lake has denied a charge of manslaughter in the death of Mrs McKee, who was... Read more of this article

Court: Witnesses Testify In Fatal Collision Trial

Court: Witnesses Testify In Fatal Collision Trial

[Written by Don Burgess] “I just screamed because there was no way I thought anybody would survive.” Jurors heard that as part of an emotional testimony from a witness of the fatal boat crash involving an America’s Cup visitor from New Zealand. One witness, from California, recounted the details leading up to and after Andrew Lake’s boat, the... Read more of this article

Court: Trial Underway In Fatal Boat Collision Case

Court: Trial Underway In Fatal Boat Collision Case

[Written by Don Burgess] Photos of boats involved and a panicked 911 call were all part of yesterday’s [Aug 14] testimony at a trial of a man charged with the manslaughter of New Zealand visitor Mary McKee during last year’s America’s Cup. In December of last year, Andrew Lake pled not guilty to unlawfully killing Mrs McKee when his 17 foot... Read more of this article

Court: Man Jailed For Setting Off Fire Alarm

Court: Man Jailed For Setting Off Fire Alarm

[Written by Don Burgess] A 54-year-old Devonshire man pled guilty to charges connected with pulling a fire alarm at the Dame Lois Browne Evans Building. Jerry Williams said this was a case of “the hero being turned into the villain” as he claimed that on August 10th, he only pulled the fire alarm to save the court from a tragedy. Mr Williams admitted... Read more of this article

Court: Cruise Passenger Denies Sexual Assault

Court: Cruise Passenger Denies Sexual Assault

[Written by Don Burgess] In Magistrates Court today, a cruise ship passenger from New Jersey pled not guilty to a charge of sexual assault. The 27-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was alleged to have committed the crime against a fellow cruise ship passenger on August 10. His trial is scheduled to begin on August 29. He was granted... Read more of this article

Jury Selection Begins In Fatal Boat Collision Trial

Jury Selection Begins In Fatal Boat Collision Trial

[Written by Don Burgess] Jury selection began this morning [Aug 13] for a Southampton man charged with the powerboat death of New Zealand visitor Mary McKee during last year’s America’s Cup. In December of last year, Andrew Lake pled not guilty to unlawfully killing Mrs McKee, 62, on June 1, 2017.At that time he also pled not guilty with... Read more of this article

Sex Offender May Be Transferred To UK Facility

Sex Offender May Be Transferred To UK Facility

Convicted child sex offender Merrick Seaman might be transferred to a specialized facility in the United Kingdom, however the decision must await a UK Court ruling. A Government spokesperson noted that the “man remains detained, under special powers of the Mental Health Act, to provide for the specialized monitoring that is required.” “An... Read more of this article

Court: Cruise Ship Passenger Fined $2,000

Court: Cruise Ship Passenger Fined $2,000

[Written by Don Burgess] An American tourist who said he had a medical marijuana card admitted to several drug offences, including importation, and was fined $2000. Randolph Knight, 46, from Atlanta, Georgia, who was a passenger on the Norwegian Escape, pled guilty to several drug charges. Those included bringing cannabis, cartridges containing tetrahydrocannabinol,... Read more of this article

Court: Man Charged With Rape In 1988

Court: Man Charged With Rape In 1988

[Written by Don Burgess] Appearing in Magistrates Court today, a man was charged for a rape that happened in 1988. The man, who cannot be named at this stage for legal reasons, allegedly committed the offence sometime between the dates of September 1988 and October 1988. He did not enter a plea as the charge will be heard in Supreme Court. The man... Read more of this article

Court Dismisses Appeal In Double Murder Case

Court Dismisses Appeal In Double Murder Case

The court has dismissed an appeal by Romano Mills who was convicted in connection with the double murder of Rico Furbert and Haile Outerbridge on Happy Valley in 2013. The ruling said, “On 23 January 2013 Rico Furbert and Haile Outerbridge were brutally shot and killed at Belvin’s Supermarket in Happy Valley Road, Hamilton. The Crown’s case was... Read more of this article

Court: Man Sentenced To 9 Years In Prison

Court: Man Sentenced To 9 Years In Prison

Following the Crown’s appeal against the sentence for “being manifestly inadequate,” the six year sentence handed to Dwayne Watson was “set aside and substituted by a sentence of nine years’ imprisonment.” The ruling said, “On 15 December 2017, the Respondent [Watson] was convicted on his plea of guilty to possession with... Read more of this article

Court: Man Denies Threatening Premier Burt

Court: Man Denies Threatening Premier Burt

[Written by Don Burgess] Appearing in Court today [Aug 1], a man pled not guilty to threatening Premier David Burt, with the court hearing the messages allegedly referenced “chopping his head off” and putting “a hole in his head.” Jared Gordon, who was initially charged in May of this year, appeared in Supreme Court facing three charges. Mr... Read more of this article

Court: Man Charged With Child Pornography

Court: Man Charged With Child Pornography

A 25-year-old man was charged today in Magistrates Court with child pornography and offenses related to “making unwarranted demands of individuals.” The man, who cannot be named at this stage for legal reasons, was not required to enter a plea as the matter must be heard in the Supreme Court. He was charged with multiple counts, including... Read more of this article