Family members of four of the seven persons accused of spilling gasoline on senior police officer Amos Tutu, and setting him ablaze, yesterday could not hold back their tears after a request to bail the men was denied by Judge Roosevelt Z. Willie, of Criminal Court A.Chief Inspector Tutu of the Police Support Unit (PSU) was on February 27, 2010, allegedly burnt to death by the defendants, on Capitol Bye-pass, in Monrovia.Chief Inspector Tutu was said to have been murdered, after he allegedly shot and killed a man identified as Preston Davis during a scuffle over rent fees received by Davis for an apartment.The defendants’ legal team sought the court’s approval to release them on bail, contending that they have been in detention for over five years (or over twenty terms of court) without having their day in court, which, according to defense lawyers, is equivalent to abandonment and waiver.They also quoted Chapter 13.1 of the Criminal Procedural Law, which provides that “a person in custody for the commission of a capital offense shall before conviction be entitled as a right to be admitted to bail, unless the proof is evident or the presumption is great that the defendant is guilty of the offense.”However, Judge Willie, in denying the “Motion to Admit to Bail,” said “doing so would amount to undoing the act of the late Judge James W. Zota with whom we have concurrent jurisdiction.”Judge Willie said in 2011, the defense team filed a similar motion before the late Judge Zota which was denied.That denial, he said, created an opportunity for the defense team to have immediately asked for a speedy trial during which the defendants would have exonerated themselves from the charge. “Records show that the prosecution had made all efforts for the defendants to be accorded due process but there is no record to show that they made such efforts to assign the case for hearing,” Judge Willie noted.He said, “The defense has not made use of the opportunity as it was informed by the late Judge James W. Zota.”Prior to Judge Willie’s decision, the prosecution argued that without the motion for a speedy trial, it would have been a violation of the Supreme Court’s opinion, on concurrence jurisdiction, “wherein a previous judge has denied defendants’ bail.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
-rob Spready’s Supermarket, Kildonan businessBandits struck almost simultaneously at two locations on the Corentyne on Tuesday afternoon, as crime on the Corentyne continues to keep law enforcement officers on the edge.At about 15:00h a lone gunman went into Spready’s Supermarket, located at PortSpready’s Supermarket located at Port MourantMourant on the Corentyne, however his target was not the supermarket which had a few customers at the time, as the man went to the MoneyGram money transfer outlet in the building.He took the money which the attendant was at the time counting, and then jumped over the counter and opened two drawers, emptying the cash into a black bag he was carrying at the time.The business which the bandits invaded at Kildonan VillageAccording to an eyewitness, within minutes the man escaped, riding off on a motorcycle. Reports are that the bandit, who was wearing a helmet to conceal his identity, stole $80,000 from the money transfer outlet.Meanwhile, at Kildonan Village, about ten miles away, three men clad with black clothing, two of whom were masked, entered the home of Nirmala Devi Persaud, 50, a vendor who operates a vegetable stall from her Lot 17 Kildonan Village home.According to Devi, the unmasked man carried a hand gun, while another carried duct tape.“Them duct tape me hand from outside and drag me and carry me upstairs and them tumble all them room and suh. Then them duct tape me mouth, me head, me foot and ask for money and gold, me na get wah me been go give them,” the traumatised woman related.She explained that the bandits were able to take her jewellery away from her. “The one with the gun take off the lil bob earring me had on me ears. Me had one purse here with couple twenty dollar, me think $80, them pick it up.”The men left when a customer approached and began calling for Devi; they escaped with one gold earring, one cellular phone and $5080 in cash.Divisional Commander, Assistant Commissioner Ian Amsterdam, when contacted, stated that the Police are currently investigating both reports of robbery. While no arrests have been made, the Police were on the hunt for a known man.