Sept 29 trial set for accused men in 'Bunny' Francis murder

Thursday, May 01, 2014    

Print this page Email A Friend!

THE four men charged with the murder of Roderick 'Bunny' Francis, a high-profile player in the local fishing industry, are now to be tried on September 29.

The date was set when the men appeared in the Home Circuit Court this week for trial.

Special provisions had been put in place for sufficient jurors to be available for the matter to get underway, but the matter could not start as the court was informed that one accused, Carlos Batista of Allerdyce Drive, Kingston 8, had changed his attorney.

The others to be tried in the matter are George Gardner, Sheldon Watson and Yuton Welsh, who are all of Kingston addresses.

Sixty-six-year-old Francis was shot dead by gunmen pretending to have car trouble outside his Queensway home in St Andrew in July 2011. Francis's death is believed to be a contract killing.

A businessman was subsequently taken into custody and questioned in relation to the murder but was released without charge.





1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper – email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed:

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email:

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy

comments powered by Disqus


Do you think an increase in JUTC bus fares is justified at this time?

View Results »


Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon