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Apr 15, 2015

Coastguard Officer Keyren Tzib Out on Bail…

Keyren Tzib

Last Friday, a bail hearing for Coastguard Seaman Keyren Tzib was deferred to today, following orders of Justice Herbert Lord that an evaluation be conducted to determine the psychological condition of the officer and the medical condition of the shooting victim. Tzib was charged and arraigned for Attempted Murder, Dangerous Harm and the Use of Deadly Means of Harm after allegedly shooting senior Coast Guard Petty Officer Kurt Hyde in the face with an assault rifle.  The incident occurred while they were returning to base on board a vessel he was captaining on Easter Monday. After three days behind bars, attorney Audrey Matura-Shepherd applied for Supreme Court bail, but Crown Counsel Linsbert Willis had objected. Today, however, Tzib successfully received bail of ten thousand dollars with conditions that she handed over all travel documents, that she doesn’t interfere with the complainant and witnesses and that she reports to the Ladyville Police Station every Monday and Friday until the case concludes. Matura-Shepherd spoke with the media following the case.


Audrey Matura-Shepherd

Audrey Matura-Shepherd, Attorney for Keyren Tzib

“We presented why she should have gotten bail and when you consider bail, you have to look at whether the person is a flight risk, whether the person will show up at court, whether the person is a danger to herself or her community or would repeat the offense. Clearly we presented everything; there was nothing presented by the D.P.P.’s office to counter what we said, but the judge, to satisfy himself and to make a judicious decision, he asked that we further put off the hearing matter and to get for him two critical things which was a report on the medical status of the virtual complainant, Mister Kurt Hyde, as well as an evaluation of my client to see if she is any danger to herself or the community. Clearly both those reports came in her favor and as a result of that she got bail today.”



“Talk to us about the conditions and what they mean for her.”


Audrey Matura-Shepherd

“Well you know it is unfortunate about all sorts of this that have been said in the media about her—rather negative things—I think today’s results exonerated her. Clearly she is not insane, psychotic, mad or all the things people have been saying. Clearly she does have a medical issue; nothing has been blown out in the public’s eye, but it is nothing that any ordinary person can’t deal with or cope with on a regular basis so that is not enough for her to be kept behind bars and remember our law, our constitution, is that you are innocent until proven guilty. So now she gets to leave the courtroom, she gets to be free and try to lvie as normal a life as possible without people haunting her, saying things to her. That is her right. The actual trial could be the next two, three years…she will be back and forth in court, there will eventually be a preliminary inquiry, the matter will be sent to the Supreme Court.”

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