‘Press on’ with reports
Stories heatherlynevanson@ While an attorney lambasted the media for “prejudicing” the case of his clients charged with murder, the family of the deceased urged journalists to keep the matter in the forefront of the public’s mind.
The comments came in the District “A” Magistrates’ Court yesterday as Verena Isilma Vasilka Cuffy, a 34-year-old fish boner of Wavell Gardens, Black Rock, St Michael, and Dave Fedel Aristide James, a 24-year-old labourer, also of Wavell Gardens, Black Rock, St Michael, were not required to plead to murdering Stephen “Molly” Small on September 7.
Cuffy was separately charged with possession and cultivation of cannabis on September 8, while James pleaded not guilty to driving a hired car on St Matthias Road, Christ Church, on September 1, while he did not have a driver’s licence or a policy of insurance, as well as driving without due care and attention.
Queen’s Counsel Michael Lashley, who is representing the two, and who applied for pretrial disclosure, said he was “a little taken aback by a section of the Press”, which he said had published facts which
Bursting into tears as she sat next to her sister Joyce in the courtyard, Small said there were many other families who were grieving in the wake of tragic circumstances.
She urged the members of the media who were reporting on the matter to keep doing so.
‘Don’t ever stop’
“You see you all media here, don’t stop. Don’t ever stop. Don’t mind the lawyer talking about he don’t want wunna. Don’t stop. I begging wunna keep letting the public and letting everybody know what is out there happening, not only to my one, but to many families,” she urged.
Both James and Cuffy were remanded to HMP Dodds until October 11 when they will reappear in court before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-sargeant. On that same day, James will appear in the Bridgetown Traffic Court to answer the traffic charges.
Dave Fedel Aristide James
Verena Isilma Cuffy