Extradition stalled again as minister absent from court
For the second time, the absence of a Bahamian minister who jumped bail while on trial for child rape in Atlanta has stalled his extradition hearing.
Don Martin, 45, is on remand at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services, pending his extradition hearing before Magistrate Samuel McKinney. However, the court’s administrative staff have failed to ensure that he was brought down from the prison for the hearing to proceed.
Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Neil Brathwaite flew in from Freeport last month and yesterday to deal with the matter.
McKinney apologized for the inefficiency of his staff before adjourning the matter to May 22.
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.
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.
Wayne Munroe, QC, represents Martin. Algernon Allen Jr. is assisting Munroe.
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