One of two men charged with the 2008 murder of Frederic Bise declined to appear in court Tuesday because he did not have any appropriate clothes for court, according to his lawyer.
Chad Jonathan Anglin, who faces the murder charge along with Leonard Antonio Ebanks, was due to appear Tuesday morning in Summary Court.
Anglin’s attorney Fiona Robertson told the court that when her client was charged, he was advised that his court date would be Friday, Oct. 25. He was currently in Northward prison and did not have suitable clothing to appear before the court on Tuesday, the attorney told Magistrate Valdis Foldats.
Ebanks, who is also serving a prison sentence in Northward, appeared in court wearing dress pants, a long-sleeved shirt and a tie. The murder charge against him was transmitted to Grand Court.
Ebanks is accused of murdering Mr. Bise on Feb. 8, 2008, in Mount Pleasant, West Bay.
Crown Counsel Toyin Salako said the two men would be tried together, so it was preferred that their charges be sent to the Grand Court together.
The magistrate pointed out that murder is a Category A offense, which means it can be dealt with only in the Grand Court.
The Criminal Procedure Code now requires that all Category A charges be transmitted to the higher court “forthwith.”
“I don’t see that I have the power to adjourn it,” Magistrate Foldats concluded. On behalf of Ebanks, attorney Clyde Allen agreed to the transmittal to Grand Court, where his client is to be produced on Friday, Nov. 15.
Ms Robertson said she would not be able to appear for Anglin until Nov. 5. It was agreed that he would be brought to Summary Court on that date and then his charge would be transmitted to Grand Court for Nov. 15 also.