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Men charged over attack on prosecutor

Two brothers who allegedly confronted and attacked a prosecutor over his role in an ongoing criminal trial were remanded to prison yesterday.

George Rahming and Daltino Thurston appeared before Magistrate Kara Turnquest-Deveaux charged with obstruction of justice and causing a wound to Joel Seymour, counsel in the Attorney General’s Office.

Seymour was stabbed in the head while at a business off Blue Hill Road around 11 p.m. Saturday.

One of the suspects was a defense witness in a Supreme Court matter that Seymour prosecuted.

The jury unanimously convicted the man, but the trial is not complete because he has not yet been sentenced.

Prosecutors allege that Rahming and Thurston confronted Seymour about his role in the trial before the attack.

The men pleaded not guilty to the charges.

They return to court on February 18 for the start of their trial and have been remanded into custody since the magistrate lacks jurisdiction to consider bail for the offenses.

However, their lawyer, Ramona Farquharson-Seymour, can seek bail on their behalf in the Supreme Court.

Eucal Bonaby was the prosecutor.

The incident has renewed concerns about the safety of prosecutors.

Attorney General Carl Bethel has pledged to review security protocols for lawyers in the office.

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