Accused men face a number of serious charges
Seven young men – including two who were charged with murder – were remanded to jail until March 20 after appearing in the District “A” Magistrates’ Court today under heavy police escort.
The alleged killers are Romario Akeem Phillips, 22, of 10th Avenue New Orleans, St Michael and Nicholas Akeem Teo Shorey, 23, of 3rd Ave, Parris Gap, Westbury Road, St Michael who are accused of the December 8, 2014 death of Albert Boyce. They were also jointly charged with two counts of robbing Don Harding and Tonya Bourne of their cell phones, jewellery and other items last December 7.
Phillips and Shorey were accompanied in the docks by five other young men, who are also accused of a number of other serious crimes.
The court appearance by the group, generated much intrigue outside the District “A” court where a large crowd was gathered to get a glimpse of the accused.
Their arrest came on the heels of a significant breakthrough reported by police in their investigation into a shooting incident, which occurred last December 7 at the Ivy, St Michael.
As a result of that investigation, four of the men, who live in the parish where the crime occurred, were jointly charged with conspiracy to endanger the life of Ryan Callender. They are Phillips; Marvin Marcus Victor, 28, of 4th Ave, Pickwick Gap; Akem Jabarry Leon, 22, of 3rd Ave, Mannings Land; and Damien Francisco Padmore, 34, of #2 Skeetes Road, Ivy.
Phillips and Victor were also charged with separate counts of possession of unlicensed firearms. Phillips also faces charges of unlawful use of a firearm, as well as causing criminal damage of a motor vehicle on December 7.
In the meantime, Shorey and Rehquino Samkeh Barker, 23, of Pickwick Gap, St Michael face separate counts of unlawful possession of firearms.
Shorey is also jointly charged with Kareem Dentonia Bailey, of School Road, Bakers, St Peter, with unlawfully wounding Akiyo Belgrave on January 13, with intent to maim, disfigure or disable him or to cause him serious bodily harm.