St. Patrick’s Man on $30, 000 bail for Non-capital Murder

A 26- year-old St. Patrick’s resident who is facing an attempted non-capital murder charge, has been placed on $30, 000 bail when he made his first court appearance before Chief Magistrate, Her Honour Tamara Gill at the St. George’s No. 1 Magistrate’s Court last week Friday.

Rhoden Francis – charged with non-capital murder in vehicle accident

The charge, which carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment, was laid against Rhoden Francis, a painter, who resides in the village of La Taste.

Francis is alleged to be the driver of the vehicle which ran over a St. George resident on the morning of May 30 in the La Taste, St. Patrick area.

THE NEW TODAY understands that the incident happened following a domestic dispute the murder-accused was having with a woman.

It is understood that the victim intervened in the dispute which sparked the incident.

According to a police statement, the victim, who has since been discharged from the St. George’s General Hospital, is nursing undisclosed injuries to the body.

The murder accused, who retained the services of criminal defense attorney Peter David, was granted bail with 2 sureties and specific conditions.

Francis was ordered to report to the Sauteurs Police Station every Monday and Friday between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

He was also ordered to avoid any contact with the virtual complainant and all witnesses, and to surrender all his travel documents to the court.

Francis will make his second court appearance on June 20 at the Sauteurs Magistrate’s Court.

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