With four criminal charges levelled against him, among them possession of firearm and ammunition, a Lance Aux Epines resident was told that he would be remanded to the Richmond Hill Prison until his next court date.
The words from Chief Magistrate Tamara Gill as she addressed the St. George’s Number One Magistrate Court last Friday, in the face of a bail application made by defence counsel Francis Paul on behalf of his client, Tyron Edwards.
Edwards, 46, was arrested following a shooting incident in the village of Mount Toute in Grand Anse last week. According to information coming out of the court, one villager was injured during the shooting.
Edwards who earlier this year was convicted and fined on a charge of possession of a firearm, now faces charges of possession of firearm and ammunition, wounding and trafficking a controlled drug.
According to information reaching the Grenada Informer, during this latest arrest, police confiscated one pistol with seven rounds of ammunition in addition to 8.5 oz. of marijuana.
Sources told us that the incident arose out of what had been an ongoing brawl between residents of the village and the accused man. The situation we were told got out of hand and resulted in the use of a firearm.
During his brief stint in court last Friday Edwards’ lawyer, Paul, made a bail application citing that despite what had happened prior, the charges against his client are mere allegations and therefore his client is presumed innocent until such time as the court prove otherwise.
Defence counsel also made it clear that his client was willing to abide with whatever conditions the court is minded to set in securing bail. His application was however sharply objected to by the prosecution, which reminded the court that Edwards is still paying the court for a similar offense.
The prosecution’s objections also rested on the premise of the safety of witness’s prior convictions and the likelihood of repeat offenses.
After listening to both sides, Magistrate Gill opted to remand Edwards to the Richmond Hill Prison until his next court date, which is set for July 24.