Boyfriend charged with murder
A man accused of killing the mother of his two children at Adelaide Beach was arraigned in a Magistrate’s Court yesterday on the charge.
Douglas Brian Pratt, 23, of Jelly Fish Lane, Yamacraw Estates, sat in the prisoners’dock in Court 1 next to two other men charged with murder in connection with separate killings.
It is alleged that Pratt stabbed Shande Cartwright, 22, to death sometime between November 22 and November 23.
Pratt, whose forearms and abdomen were heavily bandaged, was not required to enter a plea to the murder charge.
Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez said a preliminary inquiry will be held to determine whether there is sufficient evidence for the matter to be heard before the Supreme Court.
Pratt was ordered remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison. However, Gomez ordered he be taken to the Princess Margaret Hospital to see a doctor before being taken to prison.
Pratt’s lawyer, Krysta Smith said she was instructed that Pratt was severely beaten while in police custody and forced to sign statements.
Pratt’s case was adjourned to November 30 and transfered to Court 10, Nassau Street.
Rony Joseph, 34, was also arraigned on a murder charge. He is accused of killing Jean Jeanty on November 20.
Joseph was not required to enter a plea. Gomez also ordered that a preliminary inquiry be held.
According to police, the murder took place around 5:10 a.m. on Saturday at Bacardi Road, off Carmichael Road.
Jeanty was at home when a man armed with a handgun shot him.
That case was adjourned until November 30 and was transferred to Court 11.
A 17-year-old male was arraigned accused of the murder of Ryan Cambridge, 19, on November 21. Cambridge died while attending a party at Fort Charlotte around 1:10 a.m Sunday. He was stabbed in the chest.
According to police, Cambridge and a relative were at the event when a fight broke out.
The juvenile was not required to enter a plea and a preliminary inquiry was ordered by the magistrate.
The case, which was transfered to Court 5, was adjourned until December 6.
Another man police allege was involved in the Fort Charlotte fight was also arraigned on a causing harm charge.
It is alleged that Deran Sands, 24, of Kemp Road caused harm to Emmanuel Bain on November 21. He was awarded$3,000 bail with one surety.
Sands is required to report to the Wulff Road Police Station every Saturday before 6 p.m.
The matter was also transferred to Court 5 and adjourned until December 6.