Twenty-two-year-old Alex Daricaud was charged with the island’s first murder, Monday (February 3) morning, when he appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Debbye Ferguson in court #1.
Daricaud was escorted by police officers into the Garnet Levarity Justice Centre, as family members of the victim crowded the entrance of the court house.
Dressed in a blue plaid shirt, blue jeans, Daricaud had his charge read to him.
DCM Ferguson told the accused that it alleged on January 28, 2020, in Freeport he did intentionally and unlawfully caused the death of Dario Pinder.
She added that due to the nature of the crime, he was not required to enter a plea.
She further explained to Daricaud that the Magistrate Court may hold a preliminary inquiry (PI) into the matter, with a view of having it committed to the Supreme Court, or he may be served a voluntary bill of indictment (VBI).
Due to the nature if the crime Daricaud must apply to the Supreme Court for bail.
He was remanded to the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services (BDCS) until his adjourned date of May 11, 2020.
Daricaud’s court appearance is in connection to the first murder of 2020. The victim succumbed to his injuries after he was shot multiple times Tuesday (January 28) evening in the area of Weddell Avenue, commonly known as ‘The Ghetto.’
The victim who was dressed in a gray hoodie and dark coloured shorts at the time of the fatal shooting was said to be Dario Pinder.
Superintendent Brian Rolle, Officer-in-Charge of the Central Detective Unit (CDU) provided details on the incident, during an interview Wednesday (January 29) morning.
According to Supt. Rolle, on Tuesday, January 28, shortly after 7:00 p.m., police were called to the Weddell Avenue area where there were reports of gunshots being fired.
Officers quickly responded and met a male lying on the ground with multiple gunshots wounds about the body. The male was transported by ambulance to the Rand Memorial Hospital (RMH), where he later succumbed to injuries.
Supt. Rolle revealed that several persons were assisting the police with this investigation.
Police are actively investigating this matter and are appealing for anyone with information that can assist to give them a call at 350-3106/12, 911/919 or call their nearest police station.
Twenty-nineteen (2019) ended with 10 recorded murders in Grand Bahama, according to this daily’s records.