Teen defendant denied bail

| 13/04/2010

(CNS): The sixteen-year-old boy accused of murdering Marcos Mauricio Gauman Duran has been refused bail, despite requiring specialist treatment as a result of a severe gunshot wound the teen received on the night that Duran was killed. The teenager, who cannot be named as he is underage, appeared before Chief Magistrate Margaret Ramsey-Hale this morning, when his lawyer, Lloyd Samson, continued the teen’s bail application. In receipt of documentation supplied by both the defence and the crown, which has objected to the bail, the magistrate refused the bail application.

Although, Sampson had said their may be some concerns regarding the boy’s safety in Eagle House, the magistrate said the documentation revealed no extenuating circumstances that would prevent the accused teenager of being remanded in custody at Eagle House. It is normal practice for all defendants facing murder charges to be remanded until the trial. However, the teen’s lawyer had hoped that the chief magistrate would consider bail given the circumstances.
Ramsey-Hale noted that the boy would gain access to the all the necessary medical treatment required for his recovery while remanded in custody at the institution designed to house young offenders.
The 16-year-old is accused of killing Duran at an address in Maliwanas Way, West Bay, when he went to commit a robbery on Thursday 11 March. During the incident the defendant received a gunshot wound and left blood at the scene before he made his escape to Birch Tree Hill Lane, from where a call was made to the emergencies services reporting his injuries.
The teenager, who is still receiving treatment after major surgery, was arrested on Thursday 8 April in relation to the murder and was charged with the crime on Monday 12 April.
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