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Oct 12, 2016

Only six defendants proceed to inquiry in Sarkis Abou-Nehra home invasion and rape case

Eighteen persons were initially charged in connection with the December 2015 home invasion at the house of a businessman Sarkis Abou Nehra in Burrell Boom Village.  At least six persons ransacked the house and stole a number of items including guns, jewelry and cash. During the horrific incident, a domestic employee was violated but the person initially charged was freed of the offense of rape levied on another accused Paul Jex Junior.  Today, after a court hearing the number of persons charged in connection with the home invasion has gone down significantly from eighteen to six because there was insufficient evidence.  The original offenses included aggravated burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, rape, conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary, abetment to aggravated burglary, theft and handling stolen goods. Attorney Dickie Bradley explains why the case fell apart.


Richard Bradley, Attorney

Richard Bradley

“One of the most sensational cases at the end of last year virtually fell through when the Director of Public Prosecutions ordered that no charges in relation to the vast majority against persons: aggravated assault, burglary, theft, handling stolen goods, a lot of the girls who were involved that lets say someone brought a bottle of whiskey to their house and say well “I don’t know where my boyfriend get that from.” They were hauled into court as well, all the females except one was released today by the Chief Magistrate in relation to failure to have any evidence, so that is what has transpired.”



“What is your client’s name?”


Richard Bradley

“I do not wish to disclose his name he is a young man and he has been tarnished forever, his name will forever be linked to a home invasion when he himself had nothing to do with it. When he was not a part of any group; the police are not claiming that he was a part of any group that went in there. They just decided you  must know something, you were around a car, a time, you had a car or somebody claimed to borrow a car from you and that is the grounds on which they arrested and charged him. And then today they can’t present any evidence in the court of the Chief Magistrate and he had to be told you are free to leave.”

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