MARCH CRIMINAL ASSIZES OPENED TUESDAY
The March Criminal Assizes opened here on Tuesday March 2nd with fourteen
cases on the list.
The presiding judge is Her Ladyship Justice Suzie d'Auvergne.
Michael Fallis, who is charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm
had his case adjourned until 31st March; Akeem Sebastian, who is charged
with keeping a firearm without a license, must return to court March 25th;
Levin Wheatley, who faces arson charges but did not appear in court, had
his case adjourned until Wednesday; Bernard Drigo, who is also charged with
assault occasioning actual bodily harm and was also not in court, had his
case adjourned to March 5th and Adrian Hodge, who faces 4 counts of
robbery, wounding, wrongful confinement and assault occasioning actual
bodily harm, had his case adjourned until March 29th. He was sent back to
prison, while the bail continues for the other men on the same terms and
Albelto John was unrepresented Tuesday but was expected to know who was
assigned as his lawyer when he returned to court the following day. He is
in jail and is charged with burglary and criminal damage. Khoy Flemming,
who is charged with arson, was also unrepresented. The court ordered an
evaluation for him and he is to return to court April 5th.
Meantime, in a list of sexual offences cases, Tavis Mills is charged with
rape and unlawful sexual intercourse; Lloyd Arthur is charged with indecent
assault with a girl under 13 years; Benson Thomas faces two counts of rape
and unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl under 16 while Terry L. Hodge
will have to answer to charges of indecent assault with a girl under 13
years and assault.
The proposed trial date for the case of Mills was set for March 23rd;
Arthur will have to return to court March 11th; Thomas' case was set to
begin Wednesday and Hodge's case will begin March 15th. All of these men
are out on bail.
In addition, Ronnelle Bobb had her case traversed to the next assizes. She
is charged with using corrosive substance with intent to do grievous bodily
harm and assault causing actual bodily harm. And Crystal Vanterpool's case
will be heard March 9th. She has to answer to charges of wounding and
The first case to begin Tuesday was that of Shawn Francis, who pleaded
guilty to robbery.
The March Criminal Assizes is estimated to run until April 6th.
Before the business of the day began Tuesday, Mr. J. S. Archibald Queen's
Counsel took the opportunity, on behalf of the Bar Association, to
congratulate Justice d'Auvergne on being awarded the Gold Medal of Honour
by her native St. Lucia, for her contribution to the judicial and legal
profession. Principal Crown Counsel Mr. Evans Welch also extended
congratulations on behalf of the Attorney General's Chambers.
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