Chief Magistrate Tamara Gill has denied bail for Arthur Braveboy the son of a former police inspector who is back in the hands of the police on a multiplicity of charges including attempted non-capital murder and possession of a firearm.
According to information reaching the Grenada Informer Braveboy, under the instruction of his lawyer Peter David gave himself up to the police early Sunday Morning, twenty-four hours after a shooting incident in St Pauls that left a woman hospitalized.
Sources told the Informer it all happened Saturday morning when residents of the village were awakened to the sound of gunshots and Braveboy and Handel Andall were seen wrestling to get control of a .38 revolver. Moments after the men separated from each other our source said the sound of more gunshots were heard followed by a scream; and Mrs. Muriel Francis who was attempting to get into her shop to commence her day’s business fell to the ground. Medical reports later confirmed that Francis was shot in the breast.
According to eye witnesses shortly after Francis was observed lying on the ground, covered in blood; Braveboy got into his vehicle and drove away from the scene.
Although the cause of the initial scuffle remains sketchy, Informer learned that it was an attempt to settle an outstanding score between the two men over a woman. Sources said it was not the first time both men have engaged each other in physical exchanges however this time around, our source said, it seemed as an effort to take the fight a notch higher and therefore when Braveboy spotted Andall washing his vehicle at the side of the road on the Greens in St Pauls Saturday morning, he felt that was the moment.
There was hardly any talking, our source said. Braveboy simply got out of his vehicle and the fight started with both men holding on to a gun on full display in the public road.
During Tuesday’s sitting at the number one Magistrate’s Court in St George’s, Defense Counsel reminded the court that despite the charges his client now faces, they are bailable offenses and therefore he has that right. The prosecution on the other hand reminded the Court that Braveboy was at the time of the incident on bail for a similar offence and he has a number of matters before the court of a similar nature, including nineteen previous convictions.
With one woman hospitalized Braveboy has been slapped with a number of charges ranging from possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition; attempt to commit non-capital murder and causing unintentional bodily harm to Muriel Francis. He was not been required to plead, as all the charges are indictable, however, he is expected to make a second court appearance on April 14th. If convicted, Braveboy can be put away for more that thirty years.