A music producer told a court yesterday that he regretted making voice notes in which he threatened businessmen Sebastian Bastian and Adrian Fox.
Kenson Knowles, 34, pleaded guilty to threatening to kill Bastian, who is the non-resident ambassador to South Africa, on July 16. He also admitted to threatening to harm both men on July 14.
The recordings went viral over the weekend.
According to the prosecutor, inspector Claudette McKenzie-Lewis, Bastian told police that Knowles had previously made derogatory remarks about him, but he chose to ignore them.
However, viral recordings put Bastian in fear for his life and that of his daughter, the court heard.
Of Bastian, Knowles said, “Anywhere I see him, I will take him out. This world and his money cannot save his life.”
Knowles also said that he wished that Bastian would host Island Luck’s Big Bang event so “he could get bang up”.
In another recording, Knowles said that he was giving Bastian and Fox the chance “to do the right thing” before he “did what he had to do to them and their family,” McKenzie-Lewis said.
Knowles also accused the men of paying someone to kill him.
Fox said those comments also made him fearful.
Based on those complaints, police arrested Knowles in Eleuthera and brought him to Nassau.
Knowles admitted the offenses in his police interview, and said he made the threats because people who worked for the complainants “wronged him and they knew it”.
Knowles, who did not have a lawyer, claimed that two artists who worked for the complainants “were doing magic on him”.
Knowles claimed that he determined that these people were “in the same cult”.
He said, “I let my emotions get the best of me. I regret doing it, that’s why I plead guilty. I been provoked for so long.”
After listening to Knowles’ ramblings, Senior Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis decided to remand Knowles into custody for a psychiatric evaluation.
He is due to return to court on August 30.