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Arrest warrant canceled for private investigator

A magistrate yesterday canceled the arrest warrant issued for private investigator Oswald Poitier after he failed to appear for a bound over hearing on Friday.

Elizabeth Bannister, the wife of newspaper publisher Gorman Bannister, has asked the court to have Poitier bound over to keep the peace after he allegedly sent her menacing messages via WhatsApp.

Magistrate Kara Turnquest-Deveaux asked Poitier why he didn’t appear in court on Friday.

Poitier claimed that he was at court, but the magistrate cut him off and said, “No you weren’t, which is why I issued a warrant for your arrest.”

Turnquest-Deveaux ordered Poitier to return to court on July 19.

Poitier then asked the magistrate if she had read The Nassau Guardian’s report about the arrest warrant being issued. Turnquest-Deveaux said she had not seen it.

In her complaint, Bannister alleges that Poitier sent her the following message, along with photos of her home and her workplace: “Good evening, your husband has put my life in danger with his slanderous posts for a couple dollars.

I will pass these pics and address to his enemies. He messed with the right one this time.

“He knows who this is also. Tell him go report me. CDU needs to see him now anyway.”

Artesia Davis

Senior Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.
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