18 New Matters, 31 Traversed For September Criminal Assizes

18 New Matters, 31 Traversed For September Criminal Assizes LK Hewlett Story Updated: September 22nd 2015 at 4:20 pm
The September Criminal Assizes at the Basseterre High Court opened this morning (Sept 22) with 18 new cases and 31 old matters listed on the docket. The backlog of criminal cases in courts not only in St. Kitts and Nevis, but throughout the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court jurisdiction, has been a concern of Attorneys General as well as Madame Chief Justice Hon. Janice Pereira. Resident High Court Judge for St. Kitts Justice Marlene Carter acknowledged the number of cases that had been traversed from previous assizes but said the court’s function was not to “beat records” but to ensure justice is dispensed. Some 18 matters were disposed of “last year”, she informed. One of the new cases before the court was that of Tonicia “Queen Anastasia” Martin, charged with grievous bodily harm and unlawful wounding of one of her young children on Aug 16, 2013. She will return to court for arraignment on Oct 22; bail continues in the amount of $30,000 with one surety and she is to have no contact with the child. Keshawn Carty stands charged with wounding with intent, the offence allegedly committed May 15, 2012. He pleaded not guilty and was granted $20,000 bail with 2 sureties. He returns to court Oct 22 for a pre-trial review. Delacey Jacobs pleaded not guilty to the charge of larceny by servant. She is accused of stealing a total of $29,875.32 in cash from Rams Supermarket, Bird Rock on April 28 and June 6, 2012 when she was employed as a head cashier/supervisor. She was grated $50,000 bail with 2 sureties and has to return to court on Oct 22. The sole murder case in the new matters is that of Keith Murray, Denroy Simmonds, and Nicolas Riley, who stand charged with the killing of George Livingston Queeley of Trafalgar, allegedly committed on January 27, 2011. Queeley was listed as a missing person, and his body has never been found. The defendants will return for arraignment on Oct 22 and a pre-trial hearing has been set for Nov 9. Several other matters were listed for hearings on Oct 22 as well.

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