The lawyer for a man left wheelchair bound after an attempted suicide intends to seek bail for him as he awaits trial for the murder of his girlfriend, The Nassau Guardian can reveal.
Prosecutors allege that Kenrick Hanna jumped from a third-floor balcony of an apartment complex in Freeport, Grand Bahama, after he allegedly murdered Monet Darville on September 24.
Hanna, 29, survived the fall, but was airlifted to Princess Margaret Hospital in critical condition where he remained under police guard.
Following his release from hospital, police charged him with Darville’s stabbing murder that was reportedly witnessed by her family.
Unable to walk, homicide detectives on Tuesday lifted Hanna from an SUV into a wheelchair and wheeled him into court to face the murder charge.
His court appearance before Senior Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis took place exactly three months after Darville’s death.
Hanna showed no emotion at his brief court appearance and spoke only to give his date of birth.
He won’t be required to enter a plea to the charge until the matter is sent to the Supreme Court for trial.
Hanna’s lawyer, Miranda Adderley, failed to convince the magistrate to remand him to the Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre (SRC) instead of prison.
She suggested that the mental hospital was better suited for her client because she said there were no beds at the prison.
Adderley said that Hanna had a broken pelvis bone protruding on his spine and, according to his doctors, required another month of bed rest.
Rolle-Davis did not agree that SRC would be an alternative place of remand.
Darville’s relatives, who sat in court wearing in memoriam pins, breathed a collective sigh of relief at the decision.
Outside of court, Adderley told The Guardian that she would seek an emergency bail application for Hanna, who makes his next court appearance on March 4.