Morley denied bail, Accused claimed he was beaten by police

HEAD DOWN – Supporters of Vacara Morley, 26, who was escorted into the Garnet Levarity Justice Centre Tuesday (October 15) morning, where he was charged for Attempted Murder and Firearm Possession, encouraged him to hang his head to avoid media cameras as he was escorted to court. (PHOTO: SHAYNE STUBBS)

Vacara Morley, 26, was escorted into the Garnet Levarity Justice Centre Tuesday (October 15) morning, where he was charged with Attempted Murder and Firearm Possession in the Freeport Magistrate Court.

A small crowd of supporters gathered around the side of the building, some of them encouraging him to not face media cameras as he walked inside. They shouted, “Put your head down.”

Once inside the courthouse, Morley, a resident of #67 Tamarind Street, stood before Magistrate Rengin Johnson in Court #3.

Magistrate Johnson read Morley’s charges to him.

She told the accused that he was charged with two counts of Attempted Murder, for allegedly attempting to endanger the lives of Shamar Moss and Hayward Johnson on Wednesday, October 9, 2019.

He also faced two charges for firearm possession on the same date.

Before leaving the court, Morley requested to make a statement regarding his time in police custody.

He claimed that while in custody, he was beaten by two police officers.

Morley told the court that he believed the officers to be Jamaican, because they appeared to speak with a foreign accent.

He then told the court that the officers told him to get on the ground and while lying on the ground, they stomped him in his ribcage, which caused him a lot of pain.

Morley alleged that one of the officers also fired a shot above his head and the other officer said, “Kill him, kill him.” 

He subsequently had to seek medical attention from a doctor.

Morley, who admitted to the court that he has been to prison twice before, was not required to enter a plea and the matter was adjourned to February 4, 2020 for a preliminary inquiry.

He was denied bail.

Morley’s court appearance is in connection to an incident that was reported to the police on Wednesday, October 9.

Reports are that on Wednesday (October 9), shortly after 1:00 a.m., police were alerted of gunshots being fired at a business establishment in the area of East Atlantic Drive and East Sunrise Blvd.

It was reported that two males entered that establishment, produced a firearm and opened fire, shooting the two victims in the upper body. Both males were transported to the Samaritan’s Purse Field Hospital, where they were seen by doctors and are listed in serious but stable condition.

Two male suspects were later arrested and were said to be assisting police with their investigations.

In other local crime news, RBPF officers arrested a suspect for illegal firearm possession on Monday, October 14. According to reports, shortly before 10:00 a.m., officers of the Traffic Division while on patrol on Adventurer’s Way, observed a silver vehicle with a lone male driver acting suspiciously.

The vehicle sped off and officers pursued. Officers then observed when the lone male driver tossed an object out of the vehicle window. One of the officers continued pursuing the vehicle, while the other collected the object that was an illegal firearm.

The vehicle subsequently came to a stop and the driver a 25-year-old male of Pioneer’s Loop was arrested. He is expected to be arraigned before the Magistrate Court early this week.

Police are appealing to anyone with information regarding any crime, no matter how small or insignificant the tip may seem, to anonymously call police at 919 or crime stoppers at 328-tips (8477) for New Providence or 1-242-300-8477 for the Family Islands or the Central Detective Unit at 350-3106/12.

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