‘Press on’ with reports

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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.

Cannabis charge

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

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