Zywonde Lema and Tayo Smith appeared in Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday June 2. The two men were charged with stabbing a 16-year-old boy near the Hamilton bus terminal on Wednesday February 24.
Mr. Smith had a separate charge of resisting arrest and using threatening words to a police officer on the same date.
Since their case must be heard in the Supreme Court, neither of the defendants were required to enter pleas to the indictable offense yesterday.
18-year-old Pembroke resident Makya Easton, who was initially arrested in connection with the February stabbing incident but, according to Crown Counsel Maria Sofianos, has since been discharged, also appeared in Magistrate’s Court and pleaded not guilty to resisting arrest on February 24.
Senior Magistrate the Worshipful Juan Wolffe adjourned Mr. Easton’s case to Monday, July 12 and released him until that time on $500 bail.
Magistrate Wolffe moved 19-year-old Mr. Lema’s and 20-year-old Mr. Smith’s case up to the Supreme Court, where it will be mentioned during the July arraignment session on Thursday, July 1.
He then released Mr. Lema, from Warwick and and Mr.Smith, from Smith’s, until that time on $7000 and $5000 bail respectively. He ordered that both of them not have any contact with the alleged victim, that they both report to the Hamilton Police Station three days a week and also ordered that Mr. Lema wears an electronic monitoring device.
Mr. Lema was also charged in a separate case with aggravated burglary, alleged to have occurred on November 13 of last year. Since this case must also be heard in the Supreme Court, Mr. Lema was again not required to enter a plea to the indictable offense.
Magistrate Wolffe also moved his case to Thursday July 1 and imposed on Mr. Lema the same bail conditions as the aforementioned case.
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