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Bunny Francis murder case back in court today

Published:Friday | May 17, 2013 | 9:24 AM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

Prosecutors will return to the Home Circuit Court today to oppose bail for the four men charged with the murder of 66-year-old businessman Roderick 'Bunny' Francis.

Our sources say the prosecution will be making the opposition on several grounds.

It’s also understood that a prosecutor in the case and the chief investigator have received death threats, however, these will not be grounds of appeal.

Today’s date is also the second attempt to start the case after it was pushed back when last mentioned on April 29 because the main witness was off the island.

The prosecution is to inform the court today if the witness is available.

Senior Puisne judge Gloria Smith had ordered that the accused be remanded until today’s date.

The prosecution was also given until today to make full disclosure of all material in its possession to the defence.

The accused men are 42-year-old Carlos Batista, 27-year-old George Gardener, 36-year-old Sheldon Watson and Newton Welsh, all of Kingston addresses.

Francis, was shot and killed while leaving his house on Queensway Drive in St Andrew in June 2011.

He was the managing director of B&D Trawling Limited, which packages and exports seafood.

The Crown is alleging that Francis' murder was a contract killing.

The Crown is relying on cell-site analysis and telephone calls leading up to the murder.


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