Suspects in serious offences plead not guilty

| 23/07/2010

(CNS): A number of suspected serious offenders appeared before the grand court recently to submit their pleas regarding a number of different charges. Last Friday, Raziel Jeffers who is charged with the murder of Damian Ming on 25 March in Birch Tree Hill West Bay and the Murder of Marcus Ebanks on 8 July 2009 on Bonaventure Road, West Bay, as well as the attempted murder of Adryan Powell has pleaded not guilty to all the offences. Jeffers will now face two grand court trials in November of this year and March of next.  A 16 year old boy charged with the murder of Marcus Duran in Maliwinas way in March of this year has also pleaded not guilty and will face a four week trial in November. Craig Johnson has pleaded not guilty to accessory to murder in the same case and will face a judge alone trial in January.

Charles Webster who is one of four men accused of kidnapping a young man for a half million ransom in March of this year has pleaded not guilty to a range of offences including abduction, blackmail, bodily harm, robbery and threatening to kill in relation to the islands first kidnapping for ransom. He will now face trial with Allan Kelly and Richard Hurlstone a date of which is still to be set. However, Wespie Mullings has pleaded guilty to abduction in connection with the same case.
Justin Manderson (18) who is accused of attempting to murder Andy Barnes at Kelly’s Bar in West in Junes has also pleaded not guilty and is expected to face trial later next year.
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