One of the country’s latest murder victims in a 24-hour blood bath is a man convicted and acquitted in the killing of Queen’s College Elementary teacher Joyelle McIntosh.
Twenty-eight-year-old Armando Sargeant was killed at the intersection of Beatrice Avenue and Charles W Saunders Highway early Tuesday morning and was seen lying in the middle of the street.
Police said he was one of three men involved in an argument at a traffic light on the highway. One of the men shot at Sargeant and a man, who fled. Sargeant was struck by the gunfire, succumbed to his injuries, and was later discovered in the middle of the street.
Who was Armando Sargeant?
Sargeant was one of three, accused of killing teacher McIntosh in 2015, as she and her son drove through Parkgate Road.
Near midnight on that fateful day, McIntosh tried to avoid hitting a person seen lying in the middle of the street. Shortly afterward, she was shot in the neck and crashed her vehicle. Her 13-year-old son escaped and ran for help as he was being shot at.
Sargent, Johnny Mackey, and a juvenile at the time of the murder, were charged with murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, and attempted armed robbery.
The juvenile was charged with actually shooting the teacher and he and Mackey were later convicted of all of the offenses, while Sargent was convicted of manslaughter, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, and attempted armed robbery.
The men filed for an extension of time to appeal their applications and the Court of Appeal approved Sargent and Mackey’s applications for an extension of time, quashed their convictions, and did not order a retrial.
The Appeal Court approved the juvenile’s application for an extension of time, quashed his convictions and sentences, and ordered a retrial.
That meant Sargeant and Mackey were free men.
State of Play
Sargeant’s murder increased the country’s murder count to sixty-nine for the year.
Bahamians took to social media to express outrage over the country’s latest murder involving a service member of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force.
Joevonte Miller, in his 20’s, was killed on Thursday night around 9 pm after arriving home on Pineyard Road. Police say three assailants shot and kill the young officer as he attempted to open the front door of his home.
Miller ran and succumbed to his injuries on the verge of the street.
Since then, Bahamians have expressed anger as gun violence continues to soar, and the country’s young men suffer the most in these targeted attacks.
Thomas Porter demanded, “New day government, please do something.”
Da La Paige Carey called for punishment by electric chairs. “If the government does not want to put hanging back on the book, buy a few electric chairs because it’s ridiculous.”
Marolyn Wells joined the chorus, advocating for the return of hanging, “What a sin. When will all these murders end? It seems as though the government is not concerned. Bring back hanging” she said.
Others like Melba Collins Morley asked for the government to seek the assistance of “extra trained police officers from other countries to sweep the island from all sides to take care of these murders.”
Some believe the government’s stance on crime is too soft, calling for stricter measures implemented by Cuba, which has become known for its hardened approach to crime.
“We have to have an approach on violent crime as they do in Cuba. We have to stop taking it lightly. It is serious. It takes away people’s freedom. It messes up families forever,” Diane Delisle said.
Bengena Lafleur said she heard the barrage of 18 to 20 bullets being fired, but immediately thought it to be fireworks.
Press Liaison Superintendent Audley Peters said the details are still unknown, adding that “At some point, we would know the cause of this incident.
“We are following significant leads. This investigation seems to be promising. All the details must come together and we have to get the information from other stakeholders to know what happened, who is responsible, what is the cause of this incident and bring it to some closure so that we can get the adjudication process started.”
Long Island MP Adrian Gibson was among six people charged in the Magistrates Court on Monday. He faced multiple charges of bribery, which come as no surprise following weeks of questioning by the Central Detective Unit.
The Free National Movement Member of Parliament was the former Chairman of the Water and Sewage Corporation under the Minnis-led administration. Gibson was a constant critic of Progressive Liberal Party Leader Philip Davis, who served as Minister of Works with responsibility for the water company under the Christie-led administration.
Though the FNM was ousted at the polls, Gibson managed to hold on to his seat in a constituency known for its support for the party. After the Progressive Liberal Party was elected, questions arose about Gibson’s conduct and affairs at the corporation.
An audit of the corporations revealed that questionable contracts were issued and Ministry of Works Minister Alfred Sears revealed that the matter was turned over to the police.
What are the charges against Gibson?
Adrian Gibson faces 56 charges. These include:
- One count of false declaration which allegedly occurred on August 23, 2021
- Conspiracy to commit bribery which allegedly occurred between June 23, 2020 and July 7, 2021
- Dishonestly receiving more than $1.2 million for a landscaping contract issued to Elite Maintenance
- Multiple counts of money laundering with a cousin and his campaign manager.
- 5 counts of conspiracy to commit bribery
- 6 counts of money laundering with cousin Rashae Gibson
- 16 counts of money laundering with Campaign Manager Joan Knowles, among others.
Bail was granted at $150,000. He and the others will return to court on September 14 for the Service of a Voluntary Bill of Indictment.
What the FNM says after the charges
Leader of the Free National Movement Michael Pintard says his party stands with Gibson who remains in “good standing” with the party and is “an active and important member of our parliamentary caucus.”
Pintard says Gibson is innocent until he is proven guilty and the party will ensure his rights are not abused. “We remain resolute in our position that at the end of this process, justice and truth shall prevail.”
Patricia Deveaux is quickly becoming parliament’s most controversial House Speaker, outpacing the past Speaker Halson Moultrie, whom many opined lacked decorum when he served in the position.
Deveaux’s recent tirade has thrust her back into the spotlight during the 2022-2023 Budget Debate when she attacked NEMA’s Captain Stephen Russell from her seat, saying that since he was absent from the Bamboo Town constituency in the aftermath of tornadic activity, he must have been “home, busy watching the game (NBA) last night.”
She then suggested that Russell find a day job. “These people, if they want desk job from 9-5, give them their desk job…You tell Mr Russell for me, if he is listening, you need a 9 to 5 job,” she said.
Opposition Leader Michael Pintard later cautioned that comments against Russell should be carefully considered since he was a private citizen and was not in the House to give a response.
Her anger accompanied by neck twirls, finger-pointing, chest-thumping, and a condescending tone, was on full display when she later addressed St Anne’s MP Adrian White after he suggested she read the House’s rule book.
“Don’t do that to me. Don’t insult the intelligence of this Chair…Let me remind you, that I am an adult, one that is older than you. And I have a 25-year-old daughter…So you don’t tell me about being an adult and having children. I fully know how to be that. I know my job, you learn yours,” before jerking her neck and twirling in her seat.
Deveaux, like Moultrie, lacks decorum, and though it is her duty to take charge of debates and keep order in the House, her actions are overbearing and without demureness, the dignity of the Chair which she represents.
Serving as the 55th Speaker of the House of Assembly, she is the second woman to sit as Speaker, following Italia Johnson who served from 1997 to 2002. Johnson was remembered for her gracious and stately approach to the high office.
Deveaux is a bully, using the Speaker’s chair to display unwanted and aggressive behavior and seeking to denigrate the Opposition while throwing her weight around, taking advantage of the power imbalance in the House.
And, the manner in which Deveaux delivers her commentary is troubling. She is ill-tempered, harsh in her language, and possesses a bad attitude.
In 2020 while serving as the PLP’s National Vice-Chair and as a senior executive secretary in the Ministry of National Security, she made headlines after making an ethnic slur at a PLP rally when she said her party has only “nice-looking people” and not a “bunch of darkies all over the place, heating up the place”. She later apologized.
Deveaux simply does not have the temperament required to be a good Speaker.
Monkeypox is suspected to be in the country following the arrival of a British tourist to the country.
Minister of Health Michael Darville said samples have been retrieved from the man who is in isolation.
The man believed to be in his 40s, arrived in Nassau on British Airways.
If confirmed, it would be the first case for the Caribbean region.
How do you catch it?
Monkeypox is akin to chickenpox and spreads when the infected person is in close contact with others. The virus enters the body through the respiratory tract, broken skin, or through the eyes, nose, or mouth.
It can be contracted from contaminated bedding and clothing and infected animals such as monkeys, rodents, and squirrels.
The virus has been detected among gay men though anyone can contract it. Experts said it’s not known why a higher proportion of cases is among men from the homosexual commuity.
New guidance issued, advises against engaging in sex while infected or showing symptoms; or as a precaution, use condoms for eight weeks after infection.
A father is grieving the loss of his 13-year-old son killed after a gambling game took a fateful turn in the Kemp Road community on Friday evening.
“Rest in peace, ‘Q’. Daddy loves you,” Quincy McKenzie wrote to social media.
The father shared memories of Quinton. He described the L.W Young student as a sport and video game enthusiast who also loved rap music.
Quinton’s mother, Kissie Brown-Pratt told Eye Witness News that she remained troubled about how the teenager died.
“A small thirteen-year-old boy… to take two shots–one behind his neck and one in his jaw. That’s really hurtful for a mother to stand here.”
Reports are that Quinton is the grandson of Leroy ‘Smokey 007.’
Reports are that after a gambling game through Williams Lane, someone lost money during the game, returning later to shoot into the crowd. Quinton was shot twice on Friday night.
A juvenile was arrested and is being questioned for the murder.
The sister of the twenty-two-year-old woman killed in a plane crash on Sunday said she will remember her as the “most loving, sweetest and selfless being.”
Aleitheia Newbold was killed when a plane, she and seven others were on crashed in bushes after takeoff in Long Island.
Police said after the crash, they found the extensively damaged twin-engine plane two miles from the airport after it took off from Deadman’s Cay after 9 am.
The other passengers onboard the PA-31-310 plane, sustained injuries, but Newbold died on the scene. With the assistance of the United States Coast Guard, the injured passengers were airlifted to New Providence around 1:30 pm for medical assistance.
Newbold’s sister said she wished she had called Newbold which may have discouraged her from taking the flight.
“Why couldn’t I be a big sister today like I always was to you. Why didn’t I call you this morning? Why couldn’t I have avoided this whole thing from happening by simply calling you as I would?”
Her sister said she is “broken, confused and hurt” since her death.
“Never in a million years…would I dream, think, imagine [or] believe that you would be leaving me so soon.”
After news of her death circulated on social media, Newbold’s boyfriend, Tevin Newbold, with whom she shares a child, showed up at the airport and was informed of her death. He took to social media to express his disbelief.
“Had to check the ambulance and helicopter myself to find out if it’s really you. They [were] right. You [are] gone forever.”
Newbold’s sister says she will cherish the baby left behind. “Thank you for leaving such a beautiful gem here with me because you knew we’d need her to comfort us in your absence. You made it extra special by having me choose her name. Don’t even worry about her because she’s in the best hands.”
The daughters of Works Minister Alfred Sears and Motivational Speaker and Talk Show Host Spence Finlayson were also passengers on the plane.
Later on Sunday evening, Acting Director in the Department of Meteorology Jefferey Simmons said bad weather did not play a role in the crash.
The Civil Aviation Authority continues its investigations.
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In the middle of the 2022-2023 Budget Debate, House Speaker Patricia Deveaux scolded the Member of Parliament for Montague, Adrian White for wearing the “wrong color necktie” in the House of Assembly.
White was making contributions to the debate when Deveaux argued an earlier comment made by White in his speech.
“He’s getting out of hand today. And I ain’t even pick on him cause he ain’t even wearing the right color tie today,” she said to FNM Leader Michael Pintard who stood up to request more time for White.
She then turns to White, “Don’t come back here in that–[It’s either] black, grey [or] blue.”
White responded, “My tie is in accordance with the rules, Madam Speaker.”
Deveaux retorts, “It ain’t. Oh no.”
White then emphasizes that the House rules speak to the wearing of “dark color suits” only.
Deveaux seeks clarification from the House clark and then reiterates, “Dark colors, okay.”
Fort Charlotte MP Alfred Sears then stands to his feet to support Deveaux while reading from the rule book:
“Rule 93 says the dress of the members of the House including the Speaker at sittings shall be dark suits with ties for men and dark business suits or dress for women provided on state or formal occasions.”
He added, “The tie must be consistent,” before sitting down.
Defending himself, White said other ministers were seen wearing yellow ties in the past to which Deveaux said, “Not in here. Not under my watch. Now you cut it out.”
She then impressed upon White to button his jacket.
At the conclusion of his speech, he showed Deveaux an image of a PLP member wearing a yellow necktie.
Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating 70 years on the British throne and the United Kingdom is throwing street celebrations.
Why it matters
Queen Elizabeth II, head of the Commonwealth, is the longest-serving British monarchy in history. The 96-year-old queen, ascended to the throne on Feb. 6, 1952, following the death of her father, King George VI.
Seventy years on the British throne is a once-in-a-generation celebration.
According to Time Magazine, she is the world’s third longest-ruling monarch in modern history.
The big story
As she gets older, Queen Elizabeth has suffered physical challenges identified as episodic mobility in recent months, which prevented her from traveling and participating in national events.
The Queen and members of the royal family gathered on the Buckingham Palace balcony for the 70-aircaft flypast.
Thousands of people flocked to central London for the jubilee celebrations, which began with the Queen’s birthday parade, known as Trooping the Colour.
The Platinum Jubilee celebration included the traditional Trooping the Color birthday parade, a star-studded concert led by Diana Ross and thousands of street parties across the UK.