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‘No Legal Mechanism To Further Detain Him’

‘No Legal Mechanism To Further Detain Him’

“Understandably, the impending release of Jonathan Cumberbatch is concerning to the community,” Minister of National Security Wayne Caines said, adding that “regrettably there is no legal mechanism currently available to further detain him in prison.” The Minister’s comments follow after the Attorney-General notified the public... Read more of this article

Court Rules On Minister’s Refusal In PRC Case

Court Rules On Minister’s Refusal In PRC Case

Following legal action filed by Arne Schwarz over the Minister’s refusal to grant him a Permanent Resident’s Certificate [PRC], the Supreme Court has declined his application to direct that the Minister grant him a PRC, however has quashed the decision of the Minister and remitted the matter to him for reconsideration. The Court’s ruling... Read more of this article

Court: Man Convicted Of Perverting Justice

Court: Man Convicted Of Perverting Justice

Joel Ismail and Paul Charity were found not guilty of converting criminal property following a trial in Wales, however Mr Charity was convicted of “perverting the course of justice,” which related to deleting emails. This follows after Jeffrey Bevan — who previously worked for the Bermuda Government and is one of the people on trial in... Read more of this article

Court: 47-Year-Old Denies Sexual Assault

Court: 47-Year-Old Denies Sexual Assault

Appearing in Magistrates Court today [Feb 7], a 47-year-old man was charged with sexual assaulting a teenage girl back in 2007. After being extradited to the island to face the charges, he pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting the teenager in May 2007. Magistrate Khamisi Tokunmbo remanded the defendant into custody, and he is due to reappear in... Read more of this article

Court: ‘Improper Discretion’ In Removing Child

Court: ‘Improper Discretion’ In Removing Child

[Updated] The police improperly exercised discretion in “deciding to detain” a 3-year-old boy; the Director of Child & Family Services improperly exercised discretion in deciding to seek an emergency protection order, and the Family Court improperly exercised discretion in granting the application for an emergency protection order. This... Read more of this article

Court: Mother Loses Case After Fatal Collision

Court: Mother Loses Case After Fatal Collision

A mother whose son died in a road traffic collision in 2013 has lost a court case which she filed on behalf of her son’s two young dependents seeking damages for bereavement. Sandra Matthews-Wilson, the mother of the late Haile Matthews, filed the case alleging that “there must have been some degree of negligence on the part” of the... Read more of this article

Court: Dumont Wins Against Bermuda College

Court: Dumont Wins Against Bermuda College

[Written by Don Burgess] David Dumont won his case against Bermuda College for breach of contract. Mr Dumont was employed by the College as facilities and security supervisor from February 13, 2012, until May 23, 2017. He claimed the College owed him $62,749.28 plus interest for their refusal to pay him for being on-call outside normal working hours. The... Read more of this article

Court: Police Officer Denies Wounding Charge

Court: Police Officer Denies Wounding Charge

Appearing in Magistrates Court today [Feb 2], a 39-year-old police officer was charged with unlawfully wounding another person. During this morning’s Plea Court session, Oswin Pereira pleaded not guilty to unlawfully wounding a man on May 13th of last year, ZBM reported. Magistrate Tyrone Chin granted the defendant $2,000 bail with a like surety... Read more of this article

Court: Man Denies Sexual Assault Charge

Court: Man Denies Sexual Assault Charge

Appearing in Magistrates Court this morning [Feb 2], a 42-year-old man denied sexually assaulting a 17-year-old female in August of last year in Sandys Parish. He was bailed in the amount of $5,000 with a like surety, and is due to reappear in court on February 28th. [Note: Due to legal reasons there are very specific rules about commenting on court... Read more of this article

Court: Magistrates To Hear Counterfeit Trial

Court: Magistrates To Hear Counterfeit Trial

[Written by Don Burgess] A man facing a counterfeit money charge had his trial moved from Supreme Court to Magistrates Court. Jahni Holder is facing charges of having custody or control of counterfeit currency. He is facing similar charges in another case, which is being tried in Magistrates Court and requested from Puisne Judge Charles Etta-Simmons... Read more of this article

Court: Premeditated Murder Trial Pushed Back

Court: Premeditated Murder Trial Pushed Back

[Written by Don Burgess] A man up for premeditated murder had his trial pushed back as the prosecution did not give his lawyer any papers. Khyri Smith-Williams is facing two counts, premeditated murder and using a firearm while committing an indictable offence. His lawyer, Charles Richardson, told Puisne Judge Charles Etta-Simmons “I don’t have... Read more of this article

Court: Man Denies Wounding, Assault Charges

Court: Man Denies Wounding, Assault Charges

[Written by Don Burgess] A man pled not guilty to five charges, including taking a vehicle and crashing it into a police car, in the Supreme Court Arraignment Session on Thursday. Lawrence Smith was charged with taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent on December 18, 2017, and later crashing that vehicle into a police car on Khyber Heights Lane. In... Read more of this article

Court: Bevan Admits Transferring $1.8 Million

Court: Bevan Admits Transferring $1.8 Million

Jeffrey Bevan — who previously worked for the Bermuda Government and is currently on trial in Wales — admitted multiple counts of transferring and converting criminal property, with the court hearing he transferred £1.3m [$1.8m] into his bank account in the UK, and then spent it on gambling, cars and houses. This is according to a report from... Read more of this article