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Mar 1, 2018

Two out on bail for murder charge, but ordered to stay inside at night

There has been a recent trend of men accused of murder seeking bail. It was previously thought that murder, except in rare circumstances, was the one charge immune to bail, but there have been two recent successes, one of which later led to an acquittal. Twenty-five year old Tyrone Meighan of Banak Street and twenty-nine year old Orel Leslie of Linda Vista Street are hoping for the same after being released on bail of twenty-five thousand dollars each. When the case was in case management six weeks ago, Supreme Court Justice Denis Hanomansingh warned that he would grant the men their freedom if a trial date could not be agreed, but today he learned that no judge has been assigned the case. Meighan and Leslie, along with Brandon Baptist, are accused of the 2012 murder of B.D.F. soldier James Norales. They were initially acquitted but lost an appeal filed by the Director of Public Prosecutions. Judge Hanomansingh imposed strict bail conditions. Both men have also been placed on curfew – Leslie between nine-thirty p.m. and six a.m. due to his business practices, and Meighan between eight p.m. and six a.m. until the case is disposed of. In the case of a retrial, the law now specifies that an accused person shall get a retrial heard within six months if he is on remand, and nine if out on bail. Meighan and Leslie have been waiting seven months since being committed to stand trial.


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