A man who is no stranger to the courthouse is tonight out on bail after being accused of a machete attack on a Mahogany Heights resident in mid-January, 2019. (NORMAN SLUSHER VO) Norman Slusher Jr., is the second suspect to be arraigned in connection with attacking Matthew Maxwell Samuels with a machete. Today, Slusher Jr., who was unrepresented appeared before Senior Magistrate, Tricia Pitts-Anderson in Court 1 where he was read one count of use of deadly means of harm upon Samuels. No plea taken at this time as the court prosecutor, Inspector Egbert Castillo is not certain if the DPP will proceed to trial on the offense summarily at the lower court or on indictment at the Supreme. After making checks, Prosecutor Egbert Castillo had no objection to bail being granted to Slusher Jr., as the other suspect, who was arraigned in February, Kijohn Bradley was granted bail and is due back in Court on May 29, 2019. The two men will appear together for the first time in May. Slusher Jr., bail was granted with conditions that he reporst to the Dangriga Police Station once a week, and that he is not to interfere with the virtual complainant or any members of her family.
A man who is accused of abducting his ex-girlfriend is spending time in prison since he is unable to make bail. 31 year old Kyle Murrillo was unrepresented when he appeared before Magistrate Christine Perrera in Court 3 today when he was charged with one count of unlawful imprisonment and one count of harm upon his ex-girlfriend, 20 year old Cecelee Bodden. Bodden reported to police that while at home sitting in her sofa, she heard a knock on the door and when her sister opened it, she saw her ex-boyfriend, (KYLE MURILLO VO) Kyle Murrillo at the door. He entered and ordered her to go with him. When she told him no, Bodden said that is when Murrillo grabbed her hand and dragged her through the door. Bodden said he forced her into the back seat of a blue SUV parked outside the gate of her house. The driver sped off while her Murrillo used his feet to pin her feet down and with a hand he pushed down on her shoulder so she could not escape. Bodden told police that he grabbed her around her neck and began to choke her, so she calmed down. Eventually the vehicle stopped and Kyle removed her from the vehicle and began to beat her up. Bodden said he left and she was rescued by the police. At the hospital a doctor classified her injuries as harm. The magistrate entered a not guilty plea on his behalf and since there was no objection to bail, he was offered bail in the sum of $4,000 plus one surety of the same. His next court date is set for May 10, 2019.