Four out of the five men arrested in connection with what police describe as “the most significant event” over the Cup Match holiday weekend, were formally charged in Magistrates’ Court this morning, as a result of the “affray that took place on the grounds of the St George’s Cricket Club at 6:15pm on Friday”.
Cameron Clacker, 17, Jomari Gooden, 18, N’Zhari Phillips, 21, and Zachary Fox, 19, all denied taking part in a fight at the east end club on the second day of Cup Match on August 4th.
All four were released on $3,000 bail with like sureties by Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo. Their case will be mentioned in court again later this month.
At a news conference held earlier today to discuss the post Cup Match holiday weekend wrap up, Superintendent Darrin Simons said it was a “very active” period between Wednesday evening, August 2nd and Sunday August 6th at 3am, when there were at least ten major events including Cup Match.
“On the Friday of Cup Match it is reported that close to 10,000 people were in attendance,” said Mr Simons.
“Over the five-day period, 55 persons were arrested and a number of those individuals appeared in Magistrates’ Court this morning. Two persons were also arrested and placed before the courts this morning as a result of a robbery that took place on Friday the 4th of August. A further two people were arrested and bailed in relation to the stabbing that took place on Wednesday afternoon on Queen Street,” he said.
“The most significant event over the period was the affray that took place on the grounds of St George’s Cricket Club at 6:15pm on Friday. This incident resulted in five (5) persons being arrested. Four of those individuals appeared before the courts this morning and were charged with the affray. Police are still conducting an investigation into this incident and we are appealing for witnesses or anyone who may have video evidence of interest to the police.”
Supt Simons urged witnesses to contact Detective Sergeant Hayden Small on 247-1429 or email [email protected] “There were hundreds of people who witnessed the incident, we need to hear from you,” he said.
Police also increased their “level of engagement with the public on both land and sea”, during the Non-Mariners Race, in “conjunction with the Royal Bermuda Regiment and the Bermuda
Reserve Police”. Together, they “maintained a proactive highly visible presence designed to disrupt antisocial behaviour”.
“Marine Police searched boats and people looking for weapons and to prevent violence. Thankfully there were no significant acts of antisocial behaviour or violence reported to the police,” said Supt Simons.
On behalf of the Bermuda Police Service, he also extended sincere condolences to the family and friends of 22-year-old Omari Symonds, who “tragically lost his life after being involved in a two-vehicle collision, which took place on Middle Road, Devonshire near the junction with Chaingate Hill last night”.
While noting that a Family Liaison Officer has been assigned to the family, Supt Simons urged anyone who may have witnessed the fatal collision or anyone who may have information regarding the movements of Omari Symonds, prior to the collision, to contact PC Bianca Glasford on 247-1788.
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