Trial set for man charged in West Bay murder

The murder trial of Brian Emmanuel Borden is scheduled to begin in Grand Court on Monday, Jan. 20.

He is accused of murdering Robert Mackford Bush in West Bay on Sept. 13, 2011.

Chief Justice Anthony Smellie confirmed the date Friday after hearing from defense attorney Nicholas Hoffman and Senior Crown Counsel Tricia Hutchinson.

Borden, 28, was arrested in August 2012. David Tamasa, 34, has also been charged with murdering Mr. Bush. He was first brought to court for this matter on Dec. 23, 2013.

Ms Hutchinson told the Chief Justice that the Crown was prepared for separate trials. She explained that the particulars of the indictment for Tamasa charge him with aiding and abetting.

The Penal Code provides that, when an offense is committed, every person who aids or abets another person in committing an offense is deemed to have taken part in committing the offense and to have committed it. On that basis he may be charged with actually committing the offense.

Tamasa was not in court on Friday. Defense attorney Lucy Organ attended on his behalf.