Saturday 23 September, 2017

Remand for five accused of British national’s murder

The five murder accused appeared in the District A Magistrates Court today.

The five murder accused appeared in the District A Magistrates Court today.

“One love!”

Those were the last words shouted by one of the five murder accused who appeared before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant in the No.2 Criminal Court in Bridgetown as they were taken away to prison this morning.

They are Sunil Decourcey Brome, 35 years, of West Terrace, St. James; Keino Nakito Griffith, 30 years, of Westbury Road, St. Michael; Christopher Darnley Michael Clarke, 26 years, of Oughterson, St. Philip; Torio Akiro Watson, 26 years, of Wildey, St. Michael; and Basil Alphonso Branch, 27 years, of Westbury Road, St. Michael.

The five men, who are jointly charged for the murder of British national Steven Weare between August 23, 2017 and September 1, 2017, were escorted under heavy security to the courthouse just before 11:30 a.m.

Earlier today police officially declared the body of the Caucasian man found in Melverton, St George on September 1 to be that of 49-year-old Steven Weare, who was reported missing on August 23.

As the accused men came through the courtyard, they returned the waves of family and friends and exchanged shouts saying “I love you”, "We love you", with one accused yelling, “My mudda gine call you”.

Inside the courtroom, Magistrate Cuffy-Sargeant instructed all five men to enter the dock together.

With the exception of Christopher Clarke, they all have legal representation. Griffith is represented by Alvan Babb and Keith Simmons QC; Branch is represented by Angela Mitchell-Gittens; Watson is represented by Rasheed Belgrave; and Brome is represented by Naomi Linton. 

All five men were remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison Dodds to return to District ‘B’ Court on October 11, 2017.

Brome is also facing separate charges of three counts of theft, allegedly committed three years ago.

He is accused of the theft of BBD$10,290 in total between May 8, 2014 and July 4, 2014. The cheques, which were made out to Curtis Francis and cashed by Brome, were in the amounts of BBD$5,500.00, BBD$2,040.00 and BBD$2,750.00.

Brome is expected to re-appear in the Oistins Court on October 9, 2017 on the theft charges.