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Man jailed for alleged arson of Baptist Church in Bahamas

A man charged with arson and causing $8,000 worth of damage to Bethel Baptist Church was yesterday denied bail and remanded to the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services.


Trae Bastian, who appeared before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt, was accused of setting fire to the place of worship on Meeting Street in July 2021. Bastian was not required to enter a plea to the charge.

His matter was adjourned in December 2021, when it will be heard in the Supreme Court via a voluntary bill of indictment.

Despite bail being denied, Bastian asked the court: “Am I released today?” The judge advised him that he was not released but that he can apply to the Supreme Court for bail.


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