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Moncur’s Case Goes To The Supreme Court


Well known activist and former Democratic National Alliance (DNA) candidate Rodney Moncur was released on $7,500 bail on Friday after finding out that his matter will be fast tracked to the Supreme Court.

Prosecutor Eucille Dorsett told Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethel that Moncur’s case would proceed via a voluntary bill of indictment (VBI).

Moncur was arraigned on Thursday for posting images showing the remains of a man who died while in police custody back in February.

The 56-year-old was however much more orderly in court Friday only asking the judge about the date for the hearing in the Supreme Court.

He questioned the date in May because he said he had another matter before Chief Justice, Sir Michael Barnett.

The magistrate told Moncur however that the court only required him to appear to collect some documents and it would only take five minutes.

The matter is now scheduled for May 10.

Moncur, known for his outlandish tactics, made a dramatic entrance into the Magistrate’s Court Complex on Thursday screaming, “Freedom…I am a political prisoner and they are going to kill me.”

Before the deputy chief magistrate was even able to read him his charge sheet Thursday, Moncur who did not have a lawyer made what he called a preliminary objection – demanding that Deputy Chief Magistrate Bethel remove herself from his case claiming that he is currently in a legal matter with her husband and that the deputy chief magistrate’s involvement in his case was prejudicial.

Very quickly Deputy Chief Magistrate Bethel ordered Moncur to conduct himself in an appropriate manner otherwise she threatened to charge him.

She warned the well-known activist that he was in the court of law and not a political arena.

He then apologised.

But right afterwards, the deputy chief magistrate asked him for his date of birth and Moncur, who spoke loudly, said, “I was born in the eastern district of New Providence.”

At that point Deputy Chief Magistrate Bethel interjected and advised him that she simply wanted his date of birth.

Moncur then told the court that he was born on the 30 November 1956.

A reluctant Moncur eventually quieted long enough for his charge to be read

He is accused of posting images that show the remains of his cousin Jamie Smith, the man whose death while in police custody on February 8, is currently being investigated by the Coroner’s Court.

Moncur was not required to enter a plea to the charges though he did elect to go the unusual route of having his trial in the Supreme Court over having it heard in the lower court.

Meanwhile Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade while not commenting specifically about Moncur’s case Thursday, issued a warning to people who post graphic images on social media websites.

“If you post on Facebook or any other media anything that is contrary to law…that is obscene or indecent and it infringes upon the rights of any other citizen this commissioner and all members of the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF), I dare say all of us in public safety are going to take action because we have a problem with that and we are not going to ignore that,” Mr. Greenslade said at the time.

The images posted by Moncur on Facebook were allegedly taken in the Princess Margaret Hospital’s morgue.

Moncur has refused to reveal how he got the photos but he has previously stated that he will continue to post these images no matter how many times he is arrested or even jailed.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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