Man charged with father’s murder


A 21-year-old man wept in his mother’s arms yesterday after he was charged with the murder of his 76-year-old father.

Lee Sweeting, 21, of Russell Drive is accused of intentionally causing the death of Leon Hasting Sweeting, 76, sometime between Thursday, November 23, 2017 and Friday, November 24, 2017.

Lee Sweeting was not required to enter a plea and was remanded to the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services until January 25, 2018 where he will be served a voluntary bill of indictment (VBI).

Shaka Serville, Sweeting’s attorney, told the court that his client had injuries to his right arm.

Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt said that she could not say that his arm was injured as she only saw that his arm was bandaged.

Serville said that Sweeting visited a physician at Princess Margret Hospital, was treated and prescribed antibiotics.

He added that doctors also arraigned for a follow-up visit.

Ferguson-Pratt made a note of Serville’s concerns and told Sweeting that he can apply for bail in the Supreme Court.

She then asked if any of Sweeting’s relatives were in court and Sweeting’s mother identified herself.

The chief magistrate then told her that she could speak with her son.

Sweeting’s mother then walked towards him and the pair sat on a bench and embraced. She immediately began sobbing into her son’s arms as he cried.

The chief magistrate then began arraigning the 21-year-old on an attempted murder charge.

However, the sobs from Sweeting’s mother were too loud.

“I know that this is a painful time for you but I need silence in the court ma’am,” she said.

A female officer had to ask the mother to return to her seat.

Police found the body of Leon Sweeting shortly after 9 a.m. last Friday after his neighbors noticed that he was not tending to his yard.

Police said he appeared to have been stabbed.

Relatives described him as a gentle, soft-spoken and generous man.

Attempted murder

Javar Ferguson, 21, was charged in the same court with the November 20 attempted murder of Latrell Johnson.

Ferguson was not required to enter a plea and remanded to the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services until January 26, 2018 where he will be served a VBI.

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