Just after the Christmas holidays, Nevin Russell was captured by officers of the Marsh Harbour Police Station after evading them for a little over a month. Russell, 44, was apprehended on Dec.29 in the Pigeon Pea community, and was arraigned on 12 counts of housebreaking, shopbreaking and stealing at the Magistrate’s Court on Jan.2.
Sitting in for Magistrate Ancella Evans-Williams, Administrator Preston Cunningham read the charges brought against Russell. Although he pled not guilty to 10 of the charges, Russell did plead guilty to two of them.
Madam Prosecutor W/Sgt. 1697 Taylor Bain objected to bail for Russell because of the volume of crimes he had allegedly committed. However, Russell said that he was not seeking bail, but rather psychological evaluation for his substance abuse to get his life back in order.
As Administrator Cunningham read the charges once more with the adjournment dates for each matter, he announced that bail was denied. Dismayed, Russell shook his head repeatedly in the prisoner box as he received the unwelcomed news that he would be remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison.
Meanwhile Detective Sgt. 2377 Christopher Farquharson personally thanked Abaconians for their assistance, which eventually led to Russell’s arrest. He added that the majority of the crimes taking place in 2012 with reference to robberies, shopbreaking and housebreaking occurred in or around the Mud or Pigeon Pea.
“We’d like to appeal to the good persons in the Mud and the Pigeon Pea not to allow crime to prevail in your community,” Detective Farquharson said. “Wherever you may see people committing offences in your community or bringing stolen properties to you to sell, we ask you to call the police, so that we can capture these persons.”
He also appealed to young Haitian-Bahamians to refrain from committing crimes because there has been an increase in crime among these individuals.
Thanking the public once again, Detective Farquharson said in 2013 more appeals will be made to gain further assistance from the public in their fight against crime through their Abaco Police Community Page on Facebook, the Bahamas Christian Network (BCN), and “The Abaconian.”
“We realize that the police in Abaco alone cannot fight crime by ourselves; we need you, the people in the community, to assist us in solving crimes,” Detective Farquharson noted. “In 2013 we expect you to be a partner with the police, so that we could reduce the crime level in Abaco to a reasonable amount.”