The trio charged with the murder of Customs Officer Nigel Christian will stand trial for the matter next year.
Greenbay resident Saliem Harrigan – who also goes by the aliases “Cariem” and “Chuckey;” Lasean Bully of Cashew Hill; and Wayne Thomas of Hatton appeared in the All Saints Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday morning, September 28, before Magistrate Ngaio Emanuel-Edwards.
She committed the men to the January 2023 Criminal Assizes in the High Court of Justice.
Director of Public Prosecutions Anthony Armstrong personally attended the District B Court hearing to ensure that everything was in order for the committal proceedings.
The Police charged the three men with Christian’s July 10, 2020 death in April 2021.
Bully and Thomas were the first to be picked up and later charged in connection with the offense, and Harrigan was arrested and charged later. After a Wanted Bulletin was put out for his arrest, he turned himself over to the Police on Tuesday, April 13, 2021.
He made his first court appearance the following day, after his co-accused had made theirs on Friday, April 9, 2021.
The breakthrough in the case which led to the arrest of the trio occurred almost one year after Christian’s killing.
Allegations are that four men dressed in army fatigues went to the man’s McKinnons home, held his mother and other relatives at gunpoint, and abducted him at about 5:30 in the afternoon.
Christian’s bullet-riddled body was later found in the Thibous area.
It was only last weekend that questions about the matter were posed to Prime Minister Gaston Browne during a town hall meeting in New York. In response, Browne made certain allegations against Christian and insulted his family.
Attorney-at-law Leon “Chaku” Symister has since said the accused men could use the Prime Minister’s statements to show prejudice against them before the commencement of their trial.