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Teen charged with Long Island murders

The suspect in the murders of Jane Harding and Melissa Hui appeared in court yesterday, bringing the victims’ family to tears.

In stark contrast, accused killer Nathan Harding showed no emotion when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt.

Prosecutors allege that Harding, 19, of Salt Pond, Long Island, raped his grandaunt and cousin before killing them.

Harding was not required to enter pleas to the two counts of rape and murder that prosecutors say occurred between February 25 and 28.

Harding was remanded to prison, although his lawyer, Bjorn Ferguson, asked that he be sent to the Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre because he “had tried to hurt himself”.

Ferguson-Pratt denied the request, but ordered that he be seen by the psychiatric team while at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services.

He returns to court on May 21.

As the victims’ family cried inconsolably, Ferguson-Pratt allowed the accused murderer and rapist to speak with his sisters, Heather and Tiffany Harding, before he was taken into the cell block.

The victims were reported missing on February 25 after Hui didn’t come to work.

When a relative checked their home, it was revealed that Harding was gone too.

Their mysterious disappearance was soon solved after their bodies were found on a beach in the settlement on February 28.

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Artesia Davis

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

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