By:St. Clair Sazam Hull
(CHARLESTOWN NEVIS)-The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, Nevis Circuit began its April Criminal Assizes on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 before Her Ladyship Justice Lorraine Williams.
There are eight matters pending before the Court, of which five were traversed from last November, 2015.
Taj Taylor who was charged for unlawful carnal knowledge had his matter withdrawn this morning.
Perry Fredericks and Roxanne Grant were jointly charged for rape and unlawful carnal knowledge and are set to appear before the Court on Monday, April 25, 2016.
Lawton Forbes, a resident of Hamilton Estate who was charged with armed robbery had his matter traversed from the last assizes. Forbes, who has been alleged to have robbed Xpetrol Gas Station on August 8 2014, had his first trial end with a hung jury. A new trial is set to begin on Monday, April 18, 2016.
Delano Browne of Cotton Ground Village whose case was also traversed from November 2015 appeared at Court this morning. Browne was charged with armed robbery and his case is set to be heard on Wednesday, April 6, 2016.
Dexter Somersall and Craig Halliday who are jointly charged for murder also had their matter traversed from the assizes of November 2015. Both men will appear before the Court on Monday, April 18, 2016.
There are three new matters before the Court for these 2016 Criminal Assizes. Roosevelt Browne is charged with kidnapping and rape. Shane Shorter and Itasha Delisser are jointly charged for attempted murder, wounding with intent and burglary. Browne’s trial is set for Tuesday, April 12, 2016. The Court has ordered a Social Inquiry Report into the matter of Shorter and Delisser.
The other new matter is that of Gavin Herbert and Deon Walters who are jointly charged with burglary, building breaking and larceny. Their case is set to commence on Monday, April 25, 2016.