Teen robbery suspects head to Grand Court

Four teenagers accused in a June pizza shop robbery, and another charged in a recent shooting appeared in Summary Court on Tuesday.

Their attorneys agreed to short-form preliminary inquiries so that their clients could appear in Grand Court for the new session which begins Wednesday. All remained in custody pending the mention of their matters in the higher court.

Four of the defendants are charged with the robbery at Domino’s Pizza in Savannah on 3 June. They are all 17: Anastasia Anasia Watson, Julissa Monique Avila, Addie Shanice Haylock and Ariel Rendie McLaughlin. They are accused of stealing $366 and two litres of soda and using force against two members of staff at the time of doing so.

The matter first came to court on 23 June. Chief Magistrate Margaret Ramsay-Hale asked the Crown then to get the necessary papers to defence attorneys so that the inquiry could go ahead. This week she thanked Crown Counsel Jenesha Simpson for moving swiftly. She said this showed a preliminary inquiry bundle could be prepared in two weeks.

The other teenager, Justin Devon Manderson, appeared on a separate matter. Details of the charges against him are that he unlawfully attempted to murder Andy Barnes in the vicinity of Kelly’s Bar, West Bay, on the evening of 24 June and that he was in possession of an unlicensed firearm, a pistol.

Defence Attorney Lloyd Samson applied for bail for the 18-year-old, but was refused. The magistrate said he had the right to appeal her decision to Grand Court. She then asked why the preliminary inquiry could not go ahead.  Ms Simpson explained that the necessary papers had not yet been typed up. Mr. Samson confirmed he was happy to accept photocopies of handwritten documents and the inquiry proceeded on that basis.

Charges of robbery and attempted murder can be dealt with only in the Grand Court.