Why Are Bahamian Courts So Dysfunctional?
Murder accused Leonard Barnett Jr. appeared before Senior Justice Jon Isaacs yesterday to get a date for his third trial.
Isaacs ordered a retrial on Tuesday after jurors failed to reach a verdict on whether he was responsible for the death of Rico Farrington in June 2004.
Isaacs told Barnett that he will be tried on July 14 before Justice Carolita Bethell.
Barnett asked the court to reinstate his bail. However, the judge told him to raise the issue when he appears before Bethell for a status hearing.
Farrington was last seen alive on June 2 when he left his parents’ home in their black Ford Explorer. The vehicle was later discovered on East Sunrise highway.
Farrington’s body was found about 40 feet into bushes. He had been shot five times.
Prosecutors alleged that Barnett sold the murder weapon to one of his friend’s for $300 shortly after the murder. The gun was linked to the crime scene through ballistic testing when it was recovered.
Two juries have been unable to reach a verdict in the case.
Source: The Nassau Guardiancorruption, courts, crime, incompetence