Attempted murder suspect to be extradited from US in ‘near future’
A suspect in an attempted murder is to be extradited from the US ‘in the near future', police said this morning.
In November 2009, a man and woman were shot outside the Southside Cinema and Jahmal Blakeney, the son of Youth Minister Glenn Blakeney, was arrested in connection with the incident, but later left the Island to go to the US.
Today police issued a statement which said: “The Bermuda Police Service can confirm that following an exhaustive legal process in the United States, Jahmel Glen Blakeney will be extradited to Bermuda in the near future to face attempted murder charges relating to the November 2009 shootings of two persons at the Southside Cinema.
“Mr Blakeney had been arrested in the early hours following the shooting and was placed on police bail. He subsequently left the Island whilst on police bail and did not return to Bermuda.
“The Bermuda courts issued an arrest warrant for Mr Blakeney in April 2010. Following investigations by the Bermuda Police Service, Mr Blakeney was located in the New York area of the United States, and was taken into custody in June 2010 by the US Marshalls Service on an international arrest warrant.
“Mr Blakeney appealed against extradition unsuccessfully, and is being returned to Bermuda to face these charges. This will conclude this phase of this case until the matter goes before the courts.”