DEATH OF FUGITIVE DOESN’T SAVE MAN FROM FACING HARBOURING CHARGE
Three months after Romario Lashley was killed by police, a second person has been charged with harbouring him during his efforts to evade lawmen.
Stephen Ricardo Phillips, 32, of Carters, St John was today granted $12 000 bail after he appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court for allegedly assisting the now deceased man.
Lashley was shot and killed by police on July 26, a little over two weeks after he went on the run.
He had been accused of shooting 35-year-old police officer Shane Newton in his shoulder on July 9.
Lashley was the subject of a police “wanted” notice, and was being sought by lawmen in connection with serious criminal matters. At the time, the police had warned that anyone harbouring the suspect risked prosecution.
When Phillips, a carpenter, appeared before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant this morning, the charge was read to him but he was not required to plead to the indictable offence.
It is alleged that Phillips, knowing or believing that Lashley had committed an arrestable offence, without reasonable excuse concealed him at the residence of Nyree Lewis between July 22 and 26, with intent to impede his apprehension.
Lewis was charged back in July for the same offence and is currently on $10 000 bail.
There were no objections from police prosecutor Sergeant Janice Ifill to Phillips being granted bail. However, she told the court that the Crown wanted conditions attached to his release.
Phillips, who was represented by attorney-at-law Rasheed Belgrave, was ordered to report to the District ‘C’ Police Station every Tuesday and Saturday before noon, with valid identification.
He also had to surrender his passport to the court.
Phillips returns to court on December 6.