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U.S. seeks to extradite fugitive minister convicted of rape

The extradition hearing for Bahamian minister Don Martin who jumped bail while on trial for child rape in Atlanta has been set for May 7.

Martin, 45, was arrested at Lynden Pindling International Airport on December 15, 2018, two weeks after he was convicted in his absence of sexually assaulting a girl from she was seven years old until she was 13. He was sentenced to life imprisonment plus 20 years.

Yesterday, Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Neil Brathwaite laid over the authority to proceed with the extradition and the evidence to support the extradition request to Magistrate Samuel McKinney and Martin’s lawyers, Alex Morley and Tommel Roker.

Martin, who is on remand at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services, was not brought down from the prison due to an “administrative oversight”.

Martin was found guilty of repeatedly inappropriately touching a young girl in College Park and Atlanta from 2005 to 2011, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Her legal guardian told police she was friends with Martin and met him at the Atlanta church where he was a minister and that Martin would often visit their home, stay overnight and sleep downstairs, while the girl slept upstairs, the paper reported.

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