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RBDF marine and two others charged with rape

A Royal Bahamas Defence Force marine, his brother and a teenager were charged yesterday with rape.

Prosecutors alleged that Yorick Brice Jr., 26, who has worked as a marine for eight years; and his brother, Maximus Brice, both of Piper Lane; and a 17-year-old boy raped two 19-year-olds at a home on July 12.

The alleged rape victims attended a party hosted by the Brices’ family. Brice is still a marine but is suspended from duty pending the completion of the case.

Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt conducted the hearing in closed court because of the juvenile.

The accused did not enter pleas to rape charges at their initial court appearance.

They will plead to the accusations when they appear before a Supreme Court judge for arraignment. The men will learn their arraignment date on October 21 when they receive a voluntary bill of indictment.

In the meantime, Ferguson-Pratt remanded the men to the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services. The juvenile is being held at the Simpson Penn School For Boys.

Bjorn Ferguson represents the Brice brothers and Nathan Smith represents the minor.

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