Murder, firearm charges in Yates murder sent to Grand Court
Justin Devon Manderson, charged with the Jan. 3 murder of Victor Oliver Yates III and possession of an unlicensed firearm on the same date, was brought to Summary Court on Friday afternoon.
Crown Counsel Greg Walcolm noted that murder is a charge that can be dealt with only in Grand Court, and he asked that it be transmitted accordingly.
Defense attorney Prathna Bodden told Magistrate Kirsty-Ann Gunn that no application for bail was being made that day and she had not yet seen the charges. She requested that the defendant be remanded to Northward Prison until Feb. 13.
The magistrate explained to Manderson that the firearm charge was a linked matter and therefore she was transmitting both charges together.
“Yes, ma’am,” he replied.
She then told him that she was remanding him in custody meantime.
“Yes, ma’am. Thank you,” he said.
Details of the charges show that the murder occurred at Super C Restaurant on Watercourse Road in West Bay. Neither the make nor size of the firearm was specified.
Court files indicate that Manderson is 22, as was Mr. Yates.