Lasean Bully, 30, of Cashew Hill and 28 year-old Wayne Thomas of Hatton made their first appearance in the All Saints Magistrates Court this morning, April 9, after being charged in connection with the killing of Nigel Christian last year.
Magistrate Ngaio Emanuel-Edwards did not consider bail, since she has no jurisdiction in capital offences, including murder, and the two were remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison.
However, both men can obtain bail in the High Court by making an application before a judge.
They are expected to return to court on July 7 for their committal proceedings.
The Police are reportedly still looking for two other suspects, since it was reported that the crime involved four men.
According to a press statement issued last evening, the Police arrested and charged Bully and Thomas yesterday, April 8. Both men had been taken into custody earlier this week and questioned.
Residents, community activists, and the United Progressive Party have been pressing the Government and Governor-General to seek outside help and to commission an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding Christian’s killing.
However, disbelief was almost universal, last night, when the alleged perpetrators were identified.
Persons who reportedly know the duo well refused to believe they were capable of masterminding such a crime, and some described their arrests as “suspicious.”
This is because Prime Minister Gaston Browne declared, two weeks ago, that an arrest was imminent, and questions about his declaration were raised very recently in the media.
Accordingly, many believe these two men are being “scape-goated” to appease the public, while the person who directed the criminal operation remains concealed.
Christian was abducted from his McKinnons home, and was later found dead in the Thibous area, with multiple gunshot wounds to his body.
His killing has been linked, in the public’s eye, to a scandal involving fraud at the Customs Department and forgery of the Prime Minister’s signature on certain documents presented at the Port.
Nine months prior to his slaying, Christian’s colleague, Cornell Benjamin, was also ambushed at his home, but survived a hail of bullets.
Meanwhile, Commissioner of Police Atlee Rodney is said to be pleased with the arrests, and with the significant progress of the investigation.
Reportedly, he said the investigation is a very complex matter that required in-depth forensic analysis; interviews with a number of people; and constant consultation with the Director of Public Prosecution.