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Bahamian Fugitive To Be Extradited

A Bahamian man who is wanted in the United States for alleged sexual related crimes against a 13-year-old, was arrested at the Lynden Pindling International Airport attempting to leave the country. 

The fugitive, Don Cyprian Martin, 45 of Martin Town, Grand Bahama, is wanted in the US State of Atlanta. 

Martin, according to Atlanta Press, went missing during his trial and just before his sentence was to be handed down.  

According to a Fulton County District Attorney’s Office statement  issued last Tuesday, in US media, Martin left the courthouse after five days of testimony and didn’t return for closing arguments. His whereabouts were stated as “unknown”.

Investigations on Martin dates back to 2011.  That’s when police were contacted about the alleged inappropriate touching of the young girl who Martin had allegedly abused for six years.   

“Martin was arrested in 2014, held  on a $15,000 bond and initially was required to wear an ankle monitor following his arrest.  He was indicted in 2015, but two years later, a judge removed that condition” according to US media report.

He has since been found guilty of rape, aggravated sexual battery, child molestation, and cruelty to children in the first degree.

According to the Atlanta Press, sentencing for Martin is currently on hold because the victim has requested to address Martin during the sentencing testimony proceedings.

According to police here in the capital, Martin was attempting to leave the country shortly after 5:00pm Saturday, when they were called to the international terminal at LPIA. 

He is expected to be extradited to the US.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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