Byron James brought to court for harm to Anita Nembhard Print E-mail
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Thursday, 29 June 2017 00:00

After four months of delay, police have levied a single charge of harm against Byron James, a 31-year-old prisoner who has been previously convicted for the murder of Frank Vasquez earlier in 2017. James was brought before Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith on Friday, June 23, 2017. In court, where he was unrepresented, James pleaded not guilty to the charge of harm.

Allegations are that on Thursday, February 16, 2017, he hit freelance Journalist Anita Nembhard in her face causing a wound. Nembhard, who was doing her daily job outside the courtroom, was on the side step at the time of the incident when prisoners were being taken from the back of the holding cell area to be placed into the prison bus when James among other prisoners exited the building. As James passed down the stairs, he rushed over to the reporter and hit her in the face.

Nembhard was treated for her injury which Dr. Alaine Gonzalez classified as harm. Nembhard sustained a mild fracture to the nose.

After a number of cries to the police department as to why no charges had been levied against James after 4 months, the DPP’s intervention led to charges being lodged in the court on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. A removal order had to be sent for James to be brought to court to be read the charge.