An arrest warrant has been issued for a man accused of trying to destroy the evidence of a murder.
The Court of Appeal ordered Randi Bain’s arrest on Monday after he missed a second date for the Crown’s appeal against his directed acquittal on charges of attempted arson and accessory after the fact.
Before issuing the warrant, Justice of Appeal Stella Crane-Scott said that Bain had vanished off the radar and had last appeared in May when the matter was adjourned to September due to his lawyer Bernard Ferguson’s unavailability.
Ferguson was not present yesterday but his absence was explained by a sick slip. However, Crane-Scott said Bain had no excuse to be missing.
Prosecuting counsel T’shura Ambrose said that Ferguson had informed her of his illness on Sunday and told her that he, too, had lost contact with his client.
Prosecutors alleged that Bain, of Mason’s Addition, set fire to a silver Nissan Primera in the parking lot of the former City Markets on Market Street in an attempt to destroy evidence in the May 1, 2016 murder of O’Neil Marshall, the principal witness in an abetment to murder case.
Bain is accused of helping Caryn Moss to avoid due process of the law. Moss was convicted of the murder conspiracy and jailed for 35 years.
Moss admitted to setting up Marshall for him to be bumped off.
The matter has been scheduled for a status hearing on Thursday.