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A man accused of murder and an attempted murder will have his bail application considered later this month.

Taaj Muhammad, 26, who appeared in Supreme Court yesterday, will return to court on September 14 after about seven weeks in custody.

Mr Muhammad is charged with the attempted killing of Kenneth Wade and the use of a firearm in an indictable offence.

He faces alternative charges that he shot Mr Wade with intent to do grievous bodily harm and that he used a firearm in an indictable offence.

The incident is alleged to have happened on June 13.

Mr Muhammad, from St George's, is also charged with killing 30-year-old Ronniko Burchall and the use of a firearm in an indictable offence on December 30, 2018.

The court heard that Mr Muhammad was released on $30,000 bail on the murder charge, but had been remanded in custody since July 23 on the attempted murder charges.

Puisne Judge Shade Subair adjourned the case and remanded Mr Muhammad in custody. He did not enter a plea.

Makhail and Giovanni Saltus appeared in connection with a late-night hit-and-run that injured two Royal Bermuda Regiment soldiers, one seriously.

Makhail Saltus, 26, is charged with dangerous driving and causing grievous bodily harm to Private Ndavyah Williams and an alternative charge of causing grievous bodily harm to Private Williams by drink-driving.

He is also charged with causing bodily harm to Private Kirk Wilks by “reckless, wanton or furious driving” as well as refusal to take a breath test.

Mr Saltus and co-defendant Giovanni Saltus, 34, his cousin, are both charged with being in breach of the government-mandated 11pm curfew and an attempt to leave the scene of a crash.

The incident is alleged to have happened on June 29 on South Road in Devonshire.

The two did not enter a plea and the case was adjourned until September 15.

Tyshaun Brown, who was accused of the stabbing death of a former Boulevard football team manager, also appeared yesterday.

Mr Brown, 26, from Warwick, is charged with unlawfully killing 52-year-old Amon Brown in Warwick on July 8.

He was not required to enter a plea at the hearing.

The case was adjourned until the next Supreme Court arraignments hearing on October 1.

Gary Cooper, who is charged with stabbing 60-year-old Arthur Hollis with intent to do grievous bodily harm, appeared at the session.

The 68-year-old is alleged to have stabbed Mr Hollis on August 9 in front of their apartment building on Union Street in Hamilton.

He did not enter a plea at the hearing and the case was also adjourned until the Supreme Court October arraignments.

Jaha Mallory, alleged to have stabbed a man outside a Hamilton bar on Christmas Eve, also appeared at the session.

Mr Mallory, 35, pleaded not guilty to wounding Tio Smith with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and possession of a knife in a public place.

Supreme Court heard yesterday that Meshach Crichton, who is charged with wounding Kevin Davis with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, intended to switch his plea to guilty but later decided against it.

The 21-year-old from Warwick pleaded not guilty to the offence, alleged to have happened on February 26 last year.

The case was adjourned until October 14.

O.J. Campbell, 17, and Samuel Taylor Jr, 16, who were accused of a gas station robbery, also appeared.

The defendants, both from Pembroke, are accused of robbery, use of an imitation firearm to commit robbery and use of a motorcycle without the permission of the owner.

The incident is alleged to have happened at the Rubis petrol station on St John's Road in Pembroke on May 28.

The defendants were not required to enter a plea and the case was adjourned until October 1.

James Rumley, 38, will return to Supreme Court to set a trial date for three counts of importation of firearms components.

Mr Rumley, a Bermudian from the United States, pleaded not guilty to the offences, which are alleged to have happened on June 3 and October 14 last year.

The case was adjourned until October 14.

Ezra Ararat and Raymond Swan, who denied making and publishing a music video “advocating the shooting of police, prosecutors and judges”, will find out if an application to withdraw the charge was made.

The pair were charged on July 22 last year and were given the option to have their case heard in either Magistrates' Court or the Supreme Court.

The two elected to have their case heard in Magistrates' Court and pleaded not guilty, but Mr Ararat elected on January 15 to have his case heard in the Supreme Court.

Mr Swan was not in court when Mr Ararat decided on a Supreme Court trial, but appeared yesterday because he was charged alongside his co-defendant.

The court heard yesterday that Mr Ararat's defence lawyer, Patricia Harvey, planned to submit an application to dismiss the charge but was out of her office at present.

The case was adjourned until October 14.

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Published September 02, 2020 at 8:00 am (Updated September 02, 2020 at 2:21 pm)

August arraignments session

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