In another historic moment for Abaco, Chief Justice Sir Michael Barnett visited Marsh Harbour to hear a Supreme Court matter at the upper court at the Government Complex on June 4.
A seminar was held for Justices of the Peace in the Magistrates Court on August 15. Fifteen Justices of the Peace, fourteen men and one woman, attended this important meeting which was presided over by Magistrate Ancella J. Evans. Following an opening prayer by Reverend Erskine Wells of the Assembly of God Church, Sandy Point, a welcome was given by Valerie Dean, Court Supervisor.
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.
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.