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Goodman’s Lawyer Asks For Trial To Be Stopped- Attorney claims client won’t get a fair trial

On the eve of the highly anticipated murder trial of Kofhe Goodman, his attorney Tuesday sought to have the case discontinued claiming the accused child killer would not be able to get a fair trial in The Bahamas.

Goodman, 37, is accused of the murder of 11-year-old Marco Archer.

The sixth-grade Columbus Primary School student was abducted and killed in September 2011.

He was last seen on September 23, 2011 and his body was found in bushes behind the apartment complex where Goodman lived on September 28, 2011.

Goodman’s attorney Geoffrey Farquharson told the court Tuesday that due to the widespread media publicity that the case has garnered, it is impossible for his client to get a fair trial in The Bahamas.

Mr. Farquharson has submitted an application asking that the proceedings be stayed indefinitely.

He pointed to several newspaper clippings about the story and social media website postings as evidence that the case against his client has been prejudiced.

In fact, the attorney accused National Security Minister Dr. Bernard Nottage of knowingly misleading the public about the charges against Goodman by repeatedly suggesting in the media that the crime was of a sexual nature.

Mr. Farquharson claimed that on several occasions, Dr. Nottage linked the pending Marco’s Law, which he has promised to have brought to Parliament to the outcome of Goodman’s trial.

Marco’s Law, Mr. Farquharson said is designed to defeat sexual predation and by linking its imposition with the outcome of Goodman’s trial he has led the public to believe that there was a sexual offence committed against Marco Archer when no such exists to support that charge.

“Why would he [Dr. Nottage] say something like when he knows fully well that there is no evidence to support that there was a sexual offence committed here,” Mr. Farquharson said.

However, Prosecutor Neil Brathwaite submitted that Mr. Farquharson’s affidavit be struck down on the grounds that most of his arguments which he called irrelevant were scandalous and contemptuous.

Justice Bernard Turner though adjourned the matter until Thursday when he said he will allow Mr. Farquharson to continue making his arguments before then handing down his decision.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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