Jamaican teen remanded on murder charge in Bahamas
A Jamaican teenager who was charged with the murder of a man in The Bahamas, has been remanded in police custody following his court appearance on Wednesday.
The accused, 19-year-old Damaine Sterling, is alleged to have killed Bahamian Jamal Russell sometime between Wednesday, February 12 and Friday, February 14.
When the Jamaican appeared in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court he was not required to enter a plea to the charge.
In relation to his status in the Caribbean country, the Bahamian media reported that he told the court the he has “resided in Grand Bahama (since) the age of five with his stepfather, George Pinder, a Bahamian, and other family members."
Additionally, the Jamaican said he was still residing in the country because of his enrolment at the Jack Hayward Senior High School.
But the prosecutor in court insisted that there was nothing in the records specifying Sterling’s legal status in the country, according to Bahamian media reports.
The defendant’s attorney, however, told the court that prior to his client's arrest, his family was in the process of getting him returned to Jamaica.
As a result of the developments, bail was denied for the Jamaican, and he is to return to court on May 19.
According to reports from the Bahamas Press, an online news outlet, "shortly after 6pm on Friday, February 14, officers conducting inquiries about a reported missing male in the Lewis Yard area discovered the lifeless body of a man at his residence."
A probe revealed that, "the officer in charge of Central Detective Unit reported that the victim, a man believed to be in his early 40’s who was last seen on Wednesday (February 12), was discovered stuffed inside a bin at his residence."
Although not stating how the Bahamian man died, law enforcement officials have indicated that foul play is suspected, and that the incident has been classified as a murder.
The Bahamian police later apprehended an individual who was reportedly found in a car that Russell had rented. Additionally, much of the deceased man's possessions were found in the car.
After being questioned, the individual, later identified as Sterling, was charged with murder.