Bahamas: Police Seek Motive In Lawyer Stabbing

January 8, 2019

A PROSECUTOR at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions is nursing wounds after he was stabbed in the head on Sunday night, an attack officials say has little precedent in The Bahamas.

The stabbing of Joel Seymour is believed to be connected with his role as a prosecutor, Director of Public Prosecutions Garvin Gaskin confirmed yesterday.

“This matter is very serious,” he said. “As a matter of fact it goes to the administration of justice. The security of prosecutors is paramount because obviously everybody has their role to play and the role we play in the criminal justice system is critical so you can’t have persons either assaulted or intimidated or anything like that. We are mandated to do our jobs for you all, our clients, the Bahamian people.”

Asked to confirm if the stabbing was directly related to Mr Seymour’s role as a prosecutor, Mr Gaskin said: “Police haven’t completed their investigation and I don’t want a situation where my statements may impact the findings so I want to allow them to do their job and when their investigation is complete we’ll appropriately respond, but based on the information we have the incident appears to be in connection with his capacity as a prosecutor.”

Local prosecutors have faced threats before, but Mr Gaskin could not recall another time when one became a victim of bodily harm.


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