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Murder accused remanded

Police officer escorting Dave Powers (inset) to court today.

Police officer escorting Dave Powers (inset) to court today.

The man accused of killing his estranged wife’s boyfriend, Kari Cumberbatch in the car park of Cin Cin By The Sea Restaurant last Wednesday morning, has been remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison, Dodds in St. Philip.

Forty two year old Dave Powers, of Division Drive, Eden Lodge, St. Michael appeared in the Holetown Magistrate’s Court before Barbara Cooke-Alleyne this morning, facing five charges.

Apart from the charge of murdering Kari Cumberbatch, Powers is also accused of attempting to kill his wife Alvena Powers, kidnapping her, as well as illegally possessing a firearm and unlawfully possessing ammunition.

Powers wore all black when he appeared in court, but hid his face from photographers, and as he passed them, he declared “No picture today, you will get your picture tomorrow!”

Murder accused Dave Powers.

Murder accused Dave Powers.

As he stood before the magistrate while she read out the charges, the accused appeared expressionless. He was not required to enter a plea to the indictable charges. Powers is being represented by attorney-at-law, Verla Depieza.

Magistrate Cook-Alleyne ordered him remanded to prison until February 19. Security around him was visibly tight including the presence of two armed uniformed members of the police’s Special Services Unit and armed prison officers.

Other lawmen were out in their numbers to maintain law and order, as dozens of onlookers gathered within the precincts of the court and adjoining police station. Police ordered the crowd outside the court compound and secured the gates, and restricted members of the media from taking photographs.

Even after a senior police officer intervened and sought to accommodate photographers when Powers was about to leave the court, prison officers took him out via another route.

The dead man’s father was present at the court. (EJ)

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