Bail granted in 6 year old murder case Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 September 2017 00:00

The trial against Nelson Henry Jr. began in June 2017 for the June 2011 murder of Edward Emmanuel Lord. Henry has been in confinement for over six years but at trial on September 22, 2017, he was freed from being confined in a prison cell as he awaits the conclusion of his trial.

At his most recent trial Henry Jr. appeared before Justice Lucas. The Justice offered Henry Jr. bail in the sum of $25,000 plus one surety of the same after referring to the constitution. Justice Lucas stated that the constitution gives the right to an accused person to be granted bail when he is not tried within a reasonable time.

At trial on June 20, 2017, the prosecution made a start by calling upon their main witness, Katherine Perteau, to testify. In her testimony, she displayed signs of amnesia. She took the opportunity to tell the court that she was a stressed out mother of 7 and recent victim of arson. She was given time to recover and the case was to continue in July 2017 but even then, she refused to speak in court. She said that she did not remember if she gave a police statement. A medical examination was done on Perteau and she was certified medically fit to testify on trial by Dr. Eric Bradley. Even as the case continues, the crown’s main witness refuses to testify and claims that she never gave nor signed a police report. The Justice also took into consideration the difficulty with the witness and offered Henry bail.

His bail was offered on the condition that he reports to the Queen Street Police Station every two days of the week effective September 23, 2017. He is also expected to attend his court date on October 4, 2017 and any other court ordered date. He is to surrender all travel documents, to remain living at his current address, refrain from interacting with any prosecution witness, and he is to remain at home from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m.