With a crammed courtroom and rigid police presence watch, Colin Jones, Randy Mars, Basil Morgan, Anthony Watson and Jahfar Sampson appeared well shackled before acting Chief Magistrate Priya Beharry at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court to answer to the charge of attempting to commit murder.
The court was informed that police had withdrawn the attempt murder charges that were instituted separately and have now jointly charged the suspects.
They were not required to plead since it was an indictable matter. With several charges already instituted separately against the gang, the police are claiming that on November 4, 2009, at Brickdam Police Station, the gang discharged a loaded firearm at police Constable Rajendra Singh and police detective Dharmindra Indrapaul with the intent to murder the lawmen.
When the matter was called during the morning session Defence Counsel Nigel Hughes informed the court that he was representing Morgan.
Hughes was however absent when the case was being heard during the afternoon session.
Jones’s attorney, George Thomas, during yesterday’s hearing requested an early date for the commencement of the preliminary inquires (PI).
Hence the matter was postponed for February 3.
Police Prosecutor Stephen Telford during an earlier hearing, told the court that on November 25, acting on information, the police went to a house where Jones was said to be at the time.
A search was conducted and Jones was spotted. Upon seeing the police he tried to escape but was caught.
The prosecutor told the court that the police found a number of items in the house.
Telford further stated that Jones allegedly admitted that the articles belonged to him, and he also gave the police several other locations where a quantity of ammunition and two AK-47 rifles were found.
Following Jones’s appearance, the charges against Deon Thompson and Ulei McQuede were read.
The two are accused of knowingly harbouring two wanted men between August 14 and November 26, 2010 with the knowledge that they were wanted in connection with arson and murders.
The court was told that Jones would stay at Thompson’s home and that the latter provided them with basic accommodation.
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