Shooting Suspect Arrives in Bermuda

April 1, 2011

Jahmel Glenn Blakeney, a suspect in a 2009 shooting which wounded two people, was extradited to Bermuda this evening [Apr.1] from New York, arriving on the American Airlines flight from JFK airport.

Approximately a dozen Police officers could be seen waiting at the airport prior to the flight’s arrival. Due to combination of the dark and rainy conditions, and the fact that Mr Blakeney appeared to have been quickly whisked away straight from the tarmac, Bernews was unable to obtain any footage.  However individuals coming off the flight indicated he was on board, and Police have confirmed with us that he is now in Bermuda.

Mr Blakeney had been fighting extradition through legal channels, and yesterday [Mar.31] the US District Court of Appeals rejected his request for a stay of execution of his deportation order, paving the way for him to be returned to Bermuda.

During this morning’s Supreme Court arraignment session, Robert Welling from the Department of Public Prosecutions said that Bermuda Police officers had flown out this morning on an early flight and were hoping to return this evening with Jahmal Blakeney in custody. Mr Welling also indicated that Mr Blakeney would possibly appear in Magistrates Court this coming Monday [Apr.4].

Mr Blakeney will face attempted murder charges relating to the November 2009 shootings of two persons at the Southside Cinema. On November 13, 2009 both Shaki Minors [then 26] and his girlfriend Renee Kuchler [then 24], were shot as they left Southside Cinema in St. David’s at approximately 11.30 pm. Both were rushed to hospital, and recovered from their injuries.

Mr Blakeney was arrested at the time of the offence and later placed on Police bail while forensic evidence was processed. He never answered bail, instead leaving the island on November 30, 2009.

The Bermuda courts issued an arrest warrant for Mr Blakeney in April 2010. Following investigations by the Bermuda Police Service, Mr Blakeney, who holds dual Bermuda and American citizenship, was located in the New York area of the United States, and was taken into custody in June 2010 by the U.S. Marshalls Service on an international arrest warrant.

An extradition request was prepared by local officials, and served on the U.S. Justice Department through diplomatic channels. After extensive legal proceedings, the ruling yesterday paved the way for his extradition.

Others have also been charged others in connection with the crime. In April 2010, then 18-year-old Sanchey Winslow Grant of Warwick Parish was charged with two counts of attempted murder and two firearm charges, to which he pleaded not guilty. In court this morning his lawyer attempted to have Mr Grant released on bail, citing the fact that he had now spent one year in custody without having been brought to trial.

On March 14, 2011, 25-year-old Kinte Smith was also charged in connection with the Southside shooting. He left Bermuda two days after the shootings, and was returned to Bermuda from Canada by Canadian Immigration authorities on 9th March, 2011. He was arrested by the Bermuda Police on his arrival in the island, and has remained in custody since that time.

In court this morning, Mr Welling also mentioned there is a fourth suspect in this case, whom he did not name, but described as being “not in the jurisdiction.” There was mention made in court of a joint trial where all four accused would appear and be tried together.

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  1. Jim Garlic says:

    I wonder if in fact he flew out on a one way ticket ..cause if he did we all know who had to pay to bring his bail jumpin a$$ back to foreign

    • Eron Hill says:

      Hopefully we have the right man because a lot of effort time and money have been put intp getting him back herem I would like to congrulate the DPP’s office for sucessfully bringing him back and I pray that the honest verdict is given in the case

    • sick of you says:

      You worrying about a plane ticket? If convicted we’ll be paying for him to live up west gate for years!

    • College Graduate says:

      thats why a bail price is set..I’m sure it was able to cover a one way plane ticket

    • wondering says:

      i wonder who???????????????????

  2. The Fugitive says:

    At least he didn’t have to go through customs….

  3. W.T.F.??? says:

    GOOD!! about time he was back where he belongs!

  4. wondering says:

    98% of people involved in this madness have their blinkers on.

    Blinker Situations

    Smoking a lil weed ain’t no big deal – yet 90% of hard drug users started with alcohol and “herb”

    Um jus tryna make a living – by selling poison that promotes a killing?

    At least he/she is smoking weed at home where I know where he/she is………..

    Don’t touch my child he/she is my responsibility! Parent to child – that teacher is stupid don’t pay no mind to them… forward.I wish I woulda listened to the teacher………….

    Murder at Elbow………what were teenagers under 18 doing there in the first place?????????? YOu should see the pictures of the “innocent crew” on the same night of the murder with their cute 110th Street Club Jerseys on……110 is the name of a gang people………guess who is wearing one…….guess where the convicted person comes from…..rival territory in the West End…………and parents will defend “wrong” to the grave…………….we will never get past this violence until the “grown ups” start acting like GROWN UPS……..they wanna be at Coconut Rock or Captains or Docksiders or Mid Atlantic Boat Club or White Horse or smoking weed and drinking beers while lil Johnny and Suzy play football at the club……………….do the do what you see set as an example set before you.

    We are not perfect nor are we even trying to be……..more people trying HARD to be average or below average and call it “my best”……………intellectual laziness fuelled by brainwashing by an elitist group of people who ironically form the majority of the population in this country.

    • Organic Bermudian says:

      Well said windering! The truth has yo set us free!!!!

      • Organic Bermudian says:

        Wondering – Typing in the dark!!

    • bermyshotta says:

      @ wondering – herb don’t promote killin – YOU label it as dat. as far as gateway drug well dats sum BS. it all depends on de person. wise up…bless

      • navin johnson says:

        but it obviously makes you dopey

        • GPS says:

          @Navin Johnson….I am no weed smoker but you got to be dumb to believe weed is a gateway drug…FYI, a weak mind is a gateway to drugs and violence….GOD gives us the strength and mental power to be good….without GOD in your program, you’re bound to go nuts.

      • Jim Garlic says:

        In most cases it will produce a calming effect on people ,but,at the same time it(ganja)does promote apathy and a distorted view of reality ,hence,the cavalier attitude towards authority by the young and impressionable.Before you respond in defence of it(ganja)full disclosure is due..first spliff 1978-last 1999..Plenty of avoidable experience and only a fool will come back and attempt to discredit this time tested view..

      • wondering says:

        it does promote killing when herb and dope are the mainstay of the third economy that partially fuels the killing, the rest is ignorance…………….this country is ignorant of a lot of things and has complained of the systemic and institutionalized negative forces for years……..only now having realized that the power is in your hands (got that from my exposure to some of our genetic cousins from eastern Africa) to change your circumstance and yet again…….we spew nonsense about herb being harmless. if it were meant to be something that we were supposed to smoke it would have been made a part of us from the Creator in a natural chemical reaction in our magnificent brain.

        there is merit in the weak mind theory but that again is a cop out….there are no tests to see if you are weak and therefore not “eligible” to smoke weed because you might succumb to hard drugs……………listen to yourself.

        we have people that condone it and associate it with success, “I do it and I’m okay, just look at me I have a job, family, house and car, it’s cool to do it and be successful”; the sad truth is that the generations now will have had more frequent exposure to pre natal alcohol and marijuana use from the womb – just look at the autism and ADHD/ADD cases. now by proportion, the average young person’s mind is altered already and starting from behind the eight ball and the added pressures of life just make it all to easy to succumb to a weak mind……….their success is easier gained by nefarious means

        all of that coupled with an invented sense of inferiority and BANG – you get the volumes of death and despair that we have now in 2011.

      • wondering says:

        @ bermyshotta…………..YOU picked weed out of the entire statement………..I said poison.

        Poison = weed, heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, crack, all the other drugs on the street………………… honed in on your drug of support (not saying that you use drugs but chose to support weed)

    • jredmond says:

      90% of hard drug users may have started with weed, but 90% of weed users aren’t hard drug users. Don’t try and run this gateway theory BS passed people. It’s been proven wrong.

      There is however a time and a place for ‘recreational activities’ and I do agree with the rest of your post. It is about the example that elders set for the younger generation. if parents act like A-holes in front of their children it’s almost guaranteed that those children will be A-holes too. Youth is a very impressionable time. If you do choose to drink and smoke on occasion you should know that children are watching and soaking it all in and how you act will be emulated by them.

    • jus wonderin says:

      Jus wonderin how may have DIED or OD on weed or “herb” as u’ve put it…
      And its a gateway because the same ppl sellin weed sell other Drugs decriminalize and sell it in licensed coffee shops… Regulate the age and avoid the introduction of new drugs that ppl do OD and Die from…

    • Just Yell says:

      @ wondering, Correction! 90 percent of hard drug users started with cigarettes and alcohol first… And the hardest drug I’ve ever done was alcohol, which if I would have continued to do I probable would have been up at West Gate a long time ago…
      And if anyone thinks cigarettes in not a drug then think again…

      The rating scale is from 1 to 6. 1 denotes the drug with the strongest addictive tendencies, while 6 denotes the drug with the least addictive tendencies.


      Substance Withdrawal Reinforcement Tolerance Dependence Intoxication
      Nicotine 3 4 2 1 5

      Heroin 2 2 1 2 2

      Cocaine 4 1 4 3 3

      Alcohol 1 3 3 4 1

      Caffeine 5 6 5 5 6

      Marijuana 6 5 6 6 4


      Substance Withdrawal Reinforcement Tolerance Dependence Intoxication

      Nicotine 3* 4 4 1 6

      Heroin 2 2 2 2 2

      Cocaine 3* 1 1 3 3

      Alcohol 1 3 4 4 1

      Caffeine 4 5 3 5 5

      Marijuana 5 6 5 6 4

  5. Hutrin Tourism says:

    Good for the Bermuda Police they should be congratulated for doing a fine job at making arrests in connection weith these murders and attempted murders. The downside..will they be able to put as much resources into their investigations this year after getting their budget cut?

    • > with says:

      They just need to do what all other departments have to do “> with <"

  6. one love says:

    Because of his dual citizenship did they actually think that USA cared ha! He had to come back and face his charges he committed n what a waste of time, energy n money spent on dads behalf n everyone involved.Question does dad have to pay for his bail he jumped? How much was it? Would love to know that.