The gates leading into the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court were closed this afternoon and the courtyard cleared as the four men accused of murdering Ricardo Anthony Bryan made their first appearance.
However, that did little to stop members of the crowd who were gathered on the outside from shouting, “whoop whoop” as the accused men – one of whom shouted back, “yeah fellas” and thumped his chest with a fist – made their way into the No 1 Court.
Under heavy police guard, the men — Hakeem Dishon Jeremy Griffith, 22, of Well Gap, Cave Hill, St Michael; Kiastan Hallen Clarke, 23, of 2nd Avenue, Green Hill, St Michael; Jason Shamin Blenman, 21, of Powder Road, Station Hill, St Michael and Stefan Akobi Nkosi Branch, 21, of Castries Road, Cave Hill, St Michael — appeared before Magistrate Douglas Frederick.
The four who are accused of gunning down 46-year-old Bryan in the car park of Lucky Horseshoe in Warrens, St Michael on September 1, were not required to plead to the indictable offence.
Branch also faces a charge of having sexual intercourse with a female on April 2, 2016 without her consent.
He was also not required to that charge.
The men, who were remanded into custody at HMP Dodds, are scheduled to reappear in court on October 10.