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Boating Accident Suspect Charged

A Haitian man accused of playing a role in a deadly boating accident got his day in court Thursday.

Forty three year-old Alphonse Edner was arraigned in court on 11 counts of abetment to manslaughter.

It is alleged that Edner played a part in the June 10 boating tragedy where 11 people, believed to be Haitians, were killed.

The 25-foot vessel, “Glory Time,” set sail from Farm Hill, Abaco with hopes of reaching Florida.

However, three hours into the journey the boat, which was packed with 28 passengers, began experiencing engine problems and sank.

Eleven bodies were later pulled from waters off the coast of North Abaco.

Six people survived and those who remain missing are feared dead.

Edner appeared before Magistrate Jeanine Weech-Gomez Thursday.

He was supposed to be arraigned on a string of charges Wednesday, but the court did not have an interpreter to translate for the accused who speaks Creole.

At the end of the brief hearing yesterday, Magistrate Weech-Gomez adjourned the matter to August 31.

The case has been fast tracked to the Supreme Court via a voluntary bill of indictment (VBI).

Edner, meantime, will remain on remand at Her Majesty’s Prisons (HMP) until he returns to court.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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