Housekeeper Nyree Crystal Cassandra Lewis was today granted $10,000 bail after she appeared before the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court on the charge of assisting an offender.
The 33-year-old Lewis has been charged with harbouring former wanted man Romario Lashley.
Lashley was shot and killed by police on Tuesday, a little over two weeks after he went on the run. He had been accused of shooting 35-year-old police officer Shane Newton of Foul Bay, St Philip in the early hours of Saturday, July 9.
The officer, who is attached to the Criminal Investigation Department, was shot in his shoulder after responding to a report just after midnight.
When Lewis appeared before Magistrate Douglas Frederick this morning, the charge was read to her but she was not required to plead.
She is accused of concealing Lashley at her home at September Square, Harts Gap, St Matthias, Christ Church in order to impede his apprehension on July 26 without lawful or reasonable authority to do so.
She is also accused of knowing or believing that Lashley had committed the offence of wounding with intent.
There were no objections to bail and Lewis, who was represented by attorney-at-law Rasheed Belgrave, was ordered to return to court on November 21.
It was at September Square that police found Lashley on Tuesday afternoon. Details of what transpired there have not been released by law enforcement officials, however, it was there that he met his death.
Attorney-at-law Andrew Pilgrim, QC, said he had spoken to the young man just two hours before he was killed and he had planned to turn himself in to police the following day.
Police had issued a “wanted” notice last week for the former Combermere student, who they listed at the time as being 21 years old but his mother told Barbados TODAY he was a year younger.
The police had said in the notice that Lashley was being sought in connection with a number of serious criminal matters, and warned that anyone harbouring the suspect risked prosecution.
‘The public is reminded that it is a serious offence to harbour or assist wanted persons; any person caught committing this offence can be prosecuted,” the police bulletin stated at the time.
Lashley appeared to predict his violent end in a chilling post on his Facebook page on December 7, apparently meant for his mother.
“Mama even if dem kill me don’t cry dey cud neva take the G from me, me ah prepare fuh De enemy,” he posted.