Four men were arraigned on August 7 regarding a stabbing incident that took place on August 4 around 10:30 p.m. at Treasure Cay Public Beach. According to reports, a group of males allegedly attacked 25-year-old Justin Kemp of Treasure Cay while at the beach.
Kemp was reportedly stabbed in the upper body with wounds to his neck and back. The victim was seen by a local doctor, and he was airlifted to New Providence for further medical attention after being listed in serious condition.
Appearing before Administrator Preston Cunningham in the absence of Magistrate Ancella Evans-Williams at Magistrate’s Court #1 were Defendants Onassis McIntosh, Gregory Lockhart, Nathan Saunders and John Saunders, who were charged with grievous harm.
Represented by legal counsel, all four men’s attorneys argued for bail on their behalf. Prosecutor W/Sgt. Bain objected to bail and gave a report on the victim’s condition noting that he was still in stable but serious condition. Defendant Nathan Bain also faced a warrant of arrest for housebreaking.
Before making a decision for bail, Administrator Cunningham shared that he continually tells young men that their community depends on them to keep it together, and to create peace and make a better life for themselves.
“You can cause your world to become small in a split second based on what you do,” Administrator Cunningham warned. “The glow of what was once a bright future becomes completely dark because of what you do. Be mindful of these things.”
Bail was granted in the sum of $7,000 to each of the four accused, and the matter is adjourned until August 18.
This most recent incident has spurned a heated battle among Treasure Cay and residents island-wide after a post was made in a Facebook group on August 6 by a Treasure Cay resident.
The resident wrote that the incident was “a prime example of what we the Community of Treasure Cay was talking about when we said we would like to have all events ceased from the Treasure Cay Public beach involving the sale of alcohol beverages and the loud music that seems to send our young people into a different atmosphere.
“We would like send out a speedy recovery to one of our very own Justin Kemp, there is nothing our God cannot do if we believe. We the Community of Treasure Cay will from this day forward take a stand that nothing like this would happen again. This is our Community, we live here, and would not allow outsiders to come here and allow us to have a bad name, the neighbors some of which are our second homeowners that contribute to the community of Treasure Cay unable to sleep because of their loud music and are now trying to sale their homes because of this while their families enjoy their night sleep in their communities where ever they came from.”
Police and news reports will reflect that there have been numerous altercations that have taken place at the Treasure Cay Public Beach. It is hoped that this decision will restore peace to the Treasure Cay Public Beach for the enjoyment of families, visitors and residents.