first_img…after DPP withdraws manslaughter chargeThe proprietor of Tourist Villa Hotel, who was initially charged with manslaughter for the shooting death of his neighbour, Jason DeFlorimonte, saw the charge being upgraded on Monday to murder.Remanded: Erwin BacchusErwin Bacchus, of Fifth Avenue, Subryanville, was initially charged with manslaughter when he made his first court appearance last month and was released on $1.5 million bail by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.However, during Monday’s hearing, the manslaughter charge was withdrawn and upgraded to the capital offence of murder.According to presiding Magistrate Judy Latchman, who read the new charge to Bacchus, the withdrawal was based on the recommendations of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) after an investigation into the incident was completed.Bacchus’s Attorney, Nigel Hughes argued that the decision made by the DPP was nothing but an “abuse of power”.In his arguments, Hughes argued that it was the now deceased man who armed himself with a knife and a rolling pin and attacked a handyman who ran for cover inside the accused’s residence.The Attorney said it was at that time that the defendant, who is licensed to carry a firearm, fired two warning shots.Hughes further noted that the now deceased man told his client that he did not care and continued pursuing the handyman.During the ordeal, it is alleged that DeFlorimonte attempted to stab Bacchus with the knife when he (Bacchus) shot him several times about his body.Magistrate Latchman remanded Bacchus to prison.The matter will continue today for a report on the post-mortem examination.Police Prosecutor Neville Jeffers informed the court that he was ready for a date for commencement of a Preliminary Inquiry (PI) N in which some 20 witnesses would be called to the witness box. The Magistrate set October 3, 2018 for commencement of the PI.Only recently Senior Magistrate Fabayo Azore recused herself from hearing the PI stating that one of the parties involved in the matter approached her concerning the case.Even though she did not disclose whether it was a relative of the victim or the accused that approached her, she noted that she “doesn’t want anyone to tell her how to do her job”.last_img read more


first_imgTwo weeks on from winning the Champions League for the second time in three seasons with Real Madrid, Gareth Bale played a pivotal role as Wales made a triumphant return to a major competition following a 58 year absence. (Full Euro 2016 Coverage)It was Bale who put Wales ahead in the 10th minute with a curling free kick and who was the driving force behind much of his team’s attacking intent in its 2-1 victory on Saturday against Slovakia in a Group B match at the European Championship.How far Wales can go in their first tournament since the 1958 World Cup, where it made the quarterfinals only to lose to a sole Pele strike against Brazil, will likely also hinge on the 26-year-old forward.”On a personal note it’s great to get the goals but as I’ve said before it really doesn’t matter who gets the goals,” he said. “We just want the points, we want the wins, we want to go as far as we can in this tournament. We’re all together we all work for each other hard. As I’ve said many a time, it’s about the team, not about individuals.”Though Bale was the focus of much of Slovakia’s attention, it was a substitute who actually secured the team’s victory. Hal Robson-Kanu’s scuffed shot in the 81st minute restored Wales’ lead after another substitute, Ondrej Duda, had equalized for Slovakia with his first touch in the 61st.Martin Skrtel, Slovakia’s captain, said his team knew what they had to deal with but that Bale’s undoubted class was a big difference between the sides.advertisement”You know the key if you play against him, you know his skill in the free kick and you cannot make the fouls around the box and we made one,” the Liverpool defender said. “He showed his class in that situation. Obviously he’s a world class player and it showed on the pitch.”Slovakia had periods in the game when they were dominant, notably at the start of the match when they almost took the lead as soon as the third minute when Marek Hamsik’s effort was cleared off the line by an excellent sliding interception from defender Ben Davies.And Slovakia almost snatched an equalizer when substitute Adam Nemec’s header came of the left post with four minutes remaining.Wales coach Chris Coleman was forced into a late change after goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey was ruled out of the match with a back injury. Hennessey, who conceded just four goals in qualifying, was replaced by Liverpool’s Danny Ward. The 22-year-old had made just two appearances for Wales before, both as a halftime substitute during friendlies.Wales play England next on Thursday in Lens, while Slovakia meet Russia the day before in Lille.last_img read more