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RBDF marine charged with using gun to put fear in women

A Royal Bahamas Defence Force marine accused of pulling a gun at a nightspot in Abaco has been charged.

Lamon Johnson, 36, of Chippingham, denied that he used the firearm to put Erica Johnson and Eliandra Cooper in fear at his arraignment before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt yesterday.

Prosecutors say that the incident took place at the Farm Club in South Abaco on August 22.

A purported video of the event was circulated on social media.

Johnson, who is represented by Bjorn Ferguson, was granted $1,500 bail on the charge with one surety.

Another marine, Ashton Darville, is accused of stealing Erica Johnson’s iPhone XS Max on the same date.

Darville, who is represented by Wayne Munroe, QC, and Jomo Campbell, was granted $9,900 bail in the Supreme Court because the magistrate lacked jurisdiction to consider bail.

As a bail condition, Darville must stay 200 feet away from his alleged victim.

Lamon Johnson, Darville, Shavargo Greene, and Yocomica Bethel, also faced charges of violating the curfew by being at the club at 11 p.m.

They denied the charge and were granted $500 bail on their own recognizance.

Munroe, who represents Darville, Greene and Bethel, said the curfew violation was not an arrestable offense. Additionally, Munroe said that the marines were considered essential workers.

Ferguson-Pratt has set the matter for trial on November 19.

Sergeant 3605 Samantha Miah prosecuted.

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Artesia Davis

Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.

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