A number of matters were heard by Magistrate Ancella Evans-Williams at Magistrate Court #1 on September 10. The first matter involved Charles Bodie Jr. who faced two counts of break-ins and stealing and receiving. Bodie Jr. was arrested in Dundas Town on September 8 and interviewed by detectives at the Marsh Harbour Police Station. A search of his residence also yielded a collection of stolen items from Lofty Fig Inn and Boy Meets Girl Boutique. Bodie Jr. pled not guilty to all charges.
Meanwhile, Prosecutor Perkins Collie requested that Bodie Jr. be fitted with an electronic monitoring device or ankle bracelet. Bodie Jr. was granted $10,000 bail. Magistrate Evans-Williams also told the accused that he must remain at his residence after work hours and to check in at the Marsh Harbour Police Station twice a week. His trial date is set for December 6.
Detective Sergeant 2377 Christopher Farquharson, head of the Central Detective Unit on Abaco, said he was pleased that they have caught the person they believe to be responsible for the majority of increased break-ins in Marsh Harbour lately.
Also appearing before the Magistrate’s Court for arraignment was Drayson Forbes, who was charged with possession of dangerous drugs with intent to supply. Forbes was allegedly found with 1,352 grams of Indian hemp on July 16. Although he pled not guilty to the charges, Magistrate Evans- Williams told him that the court had no jurisdiction to grant him bail. His trial was set for October 25.
However, Forbes’ lawyer argued that he has ailing health after he was shot in July and sustained damage to his small intestine. His attorney – Ms. Rolle – asked that her client’s case be handled as one of exceptional circumstances. Nevertheless, Forbes was remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison where it was noted that he would require medical assistance.
Dept. Sgt. Farquharson thanked all officers on Abaco and Nassau for their assistance in bringing this particular matter to a close.