Murder defendant has assault case in Summary Court

Jose Sanchez faces charges from March 2014 at Club Inferno

Jose Guadalupe Sanchez, 28, appeared in Summary Court on Tuesday to confirm a date for his trial on charges of assault causing actual bodily harm and causing fear or provocation of violence.

Sanchez is in the middle of a Grand Court trial for the Sept. 2014 murder of Solomon Webster. Director of Public Prosecutions Cheryll Richards concluded her evidence last week and defense counsel Mark Heywood then submitted there was no case for Sanchez to answer on possession of an unlicensed firearm.

Mr. Webster, 24, was shot after becoming involved in a confrontation between Sanchez and a third man, Shaquille Bush.

Justice Charles Quin ruled there was a case to answer.

Mr. Heywood then indicated that the defense would not be assisted by having the court call Mr. Bush to give evidence. He said the likelihood was that he would call Sanchez to give evidence.

However, matters have not yet reached that stage because Ms. Richards made an application that has required the court to be closed to the public. That hearing continued Monday and Tuesday.

Sanchez’s Summary Court matter arose from an incident at Club Inferno in West Bay on March 16, 2014. He pleaded not guilty and a trial date was set in November but could not go ahead.

Magistrate Valdis Foldats confirmed July 14 as the date for trial on these charges. He noted that if Sanchez is in custody on that date, he will be brought to court; if he is not in custody, he was bailed to attend.