Criminal assizes now under way in second courtroom

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A number of new murder cases and at least one high profile matter involving policemen, have been listed for trial in the first Criminal Assizes for 2019 before Justice Keith Thom who commenced the arraignment of cases on Monday.

Those accused of murder who are now before the High Court are Prince Charming Graham, who allegedly stabbed Jalon Thompson to death at Jam Dung Nightclub in July 2017; Dorian Marshall, Jason Milette and Shalom Bailey who are jointly accused for the shooting death of Xavier Thomas following a drive by attack in Paradise View in August 2017; and Randy Edwards who allegedly chopped Elvis Daisy on the head in March 2016 at Wireless Road. Daisy succumbed in hospital after spending several months in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

The case of Omarley Henry, who allegedly killed his girlfriend Shariece Henry, comes up later this week, as long as he gets the recommended legal assistance prior to being asked, for the second time in court, to state whether he is guilty of the crime.

Meanwhile, policemen Peter Lugay and Marcus Isadore who are accused of corruption and who allegedly used their licensed weapons to unlawfully hold two men against their will, are also before Justice Thom for trial.

In May 2017, a statement from the police indicated that Isadore, 43, of Potters and Lugay, 23, of Ottos, allegedly used their police issued weapons to commit the offences against Bertram Miller and Noel Johnson.

In the two counts of kidnapping charges which the police said they filed, it was alleged that on April 25, the two cops, without lawful authority, forcibly seized and imprisoned the men, with intent to cause them to be secretly confined against their will at a property in Browne’s Bay.

Constable Lugay was separately accused of assaulting Johnson with intent to commit a felony at the same property in April.

With Justice Thom commencing the criminal assizes in his court this week, there are now two courts dealing with criminal cases. Justice Iain Morley commenced criminal assizes last month with another list of cases.

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