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    Miscellaneous News Out Of Grenada

    Grenadian Rum Receives Honors

    Westerhall Vintage Ten year old rum and Westerhall White Jack Rum recently received honors in the 2011 Rum Masters tasting challenge held by Europe’s leading spirits trade magazine ‘The Spirits Business’.

    Westerhall Vintage Ten year old rum received the highest level awarded, the title of ‘Master’ in the DARK 8 to 12 Years category and Westerhall White Jack Rum received Gold in the Over proof White Rum category.

    The annual Spirits Masters Awards are conducted by The Spirits Business, the only international trade title solely dedicated to the global spirits business.

    Entries were invited in 12 different categories and were scrutinized by a team of industry experts and rum aficionados, with the 2011 Rum Masters winners announced in the March issue of The Spirits Business.

    Managing director of the Westerhall Estate Ltd Graham Williams said that they were delighted that their selected rums were so successful in this prestigious international competition.

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    2011 St Mark's Day Celebration Begins

    The parish of St Mark will be throbbing with activities this weekend as the 2011 St Mark’s Day celebration begins.

    The annual celebration will be held from April 23rd to May 1st, 2011 with the aim of fostering unity among the communities within the parish.

    Held under the theme “Enhancing Community Development through Teamwork, Innovation & Empowerment,” the Festival begins with a Health Fair on Saturday in the villages of Victoria, Maran and Samaritan from 10 am.

    Public Relations Officer of the St. Mark’s Development Committee Oslyn Crosby says the activities will continue with a Church service on Sunday.

    On April 27th a School Quiz competition will be held among the students of the Bonaire Government School, Samaritan Presbyterian School and the St Mark Secondary School. Crosby says a number of sporting activities will also be held later on that day.

    The cultural aspect of the Festival will continue with the signature event, the Food fest/Night Market on April 30th.

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    Drama in Black Bay Murder Trial

    A dramatic turn of events has forced High Court Judge, Justice Francis Cumberbatch to declare a mistrial in the murder case of Albert Griffith, while his co-accused Kenny Morain Braveboy accepted a plea of manslaughter.

    Griffith and Braveboy were jointly charged with the February 8, 2008 murder of 59-year old businessman, Anthony Frederick of Black Bay, St. John’s. Last Friday, the State, after eight weeks into the trial, offered a plea bargain to both men.

    Braveboy’s charge was reduced to manslaughter, while Griffith pleaded to murder. However, on Monday a new twist developed just before the panel of jurors was given the opportunity to formally return the verdicts.

    In the absence of the jurors and the media, lawyer representing Griffith, Cajeton Hood brought certain issues to the presiding judge attention, and then walked out of the court. THE NEW TODAY Newspaper was reliably informed that Griffith expressed dissatisfaction with the representation he was receiving from his counsel and that irreconcilable differences arose between them.

    After recalling the jury, Justice Cumberbatch requested the foreman to return a not guilty verdict of murder on Braveboy who resides at Beausejour, St. George’s, but a guilty verdict of manslaughter.

    In respect of Griffith who resides at Grenville Vale, St. George’s, the presiding judge declared a mistrial for his case, which is traversed to the next sitting of the criminal assizes.

    Local attorney Anselm Clouden who represents Braveboy told the media the interest of justice must be protected at all times ensuring that those who are guilty of a crime must stand the punishment, and those who are innocent must be acquitted. Braveboy is due to be sentenced on June 8.

    Frederick, a small businessman, was shot about three years ago inside of the “All Class Shopping Centre,” which he operated. The case first came up for trial during the June 2010 sitting of the Criminal Assizes, but the then presiding judge, Madam Justice Clare Henry had declared a mistrial after seven week of hearing evidence.

    Another person who was jointly charged with Griffith and Morain, Che Phillip turned State Witness against his colleagues and agreed to accept the lesser offense of manslaughter.

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    Mentally disturbed man guilty of murder

    Closure has come in the untimely and unfortunate death of Post Royal, St. Andrew’s resident Joyce Virginia Tillock Hagley.Fifty-eight year old Michael Andrew from DeBlandeau, St. Andrew’s was found guilty of murder, but insane for causing the death of Hagley by a 12-member jury panel last week Friday.

    However, Andrew has to wait until May 19 to know what sentence would be imposed upon him by Senior Resident Judge, Madam Justice Clare Henry.Hagley received three chop wounds on May 22, 2008 at the hands of Andrew who has been her walking companion.

    Dr. Nicholas Redhead who performed the autopsy on Hagley’s body said there was a 3.5 cm punctured wound on the left side which broke the fourth rib, and another 3.5 cm wound in the area of the right side of the back.The other wound was a 1.5 cm superficial laceration.

    Dr. Redhead told the court both lungs collapsed and that there was about two metres of blood in the chest cavity area.He also said both ventricles of the heart were punctured.

    The pathologist concluded that there was a combination of factors that lead to the cause of death which included blood loss and cardiogenic shock.While there was no motive for the incident, it is believed that Andrew, who has had a history of mental illness, tripped off that morning.

    One of the main prosecution witnesses, Michael Alexander who is the convicted man’s son told the court that on the previous day his father complained of not feeling too well as he was suffering from a slight headache.

    Alexander said while being in the company of his sister in the bedroom that they shared together he heard Hagley called out to his father inquiring if he was not going and walk that morning.

    He spoke of his father telling the deceased woman he was not feeling too well.According to him, Hagley came into the house and moments later they heard things falling in the living room.

    Without investigating what had happened, Alexander said both he and his sister left the house to seek assistance from their uncle who was living nearby.Albert Andrew who is the convicted man’s brother said when he got to the house he saw Hagley lying motionless on her back and his brother started cutting his throat with a cutlass.

    Andrew said after speaking to his brother about the action he was indulging in, he was chased by him with the said cutlass.Andrew who braved himself to give evidence from the witness box said he could not recall what had happened that fateful morning.

    He told the court three to four months after the incident he realized that he was a patient at the General Hospital for the self-inflected injury to his throat.The convicted man gave the court a detailed account of his mental illness.He said since at an early age of 18 he was admitted to the mental hospital as he “used to get sick” in his head.

    In 1978 he went to Trinidad where he spent nine years, and at one occasion he was admitted to the St. Ann’s Mental Hospital. Upon his return to Grenada he went to the psychiatric ward at the General Hospital.

    Consultant psychiatrist at the Mt. Gay Mental Hospital, Dr. Esperanza Swaby said having conducted an interview with Andrew on November 19, 2010 he confessed to having tripped off at the time he committed the crime.

    Dr. Swaby said she found Andrew to be normal with no hallucination and no sign or symptom of mental illness at the time of the interview five months ago. Soon after both the prosecution and defense had closed their cases and presented their arguments before the jury panel, Andrew was hospitalised for a few days after suffering from acute bronchitis.

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    Child Dies In Car

    A child was found dead in a car in Mount Toute, St. George, on Saturday afternoon. Reports are that the child was found by her father in the car which was parked in a near by playingfiled. A resident from the area said the child was playing in the Mount Toute playing field early Saturday morning then went missing.

    It is believed that the child may have accidentally locked herself in the car and died as a result of suffocation.

    WeeFm will seek to bring you more details on this unfortunate incident.

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