COURT CONVICTIONS

Joseph “Limes” Hanley appeared before the Basseterre Magistrate’s Court on Thursday 20th March 2008 to answer the charges of making use of Insulting, Indecent and Abusive Language that were brought against him. He was convicted and sentenced to one month in prison for each count. The sentences are to run concurrently. The offences were committed on 4th October 2007.

Arismendi Rivera, a native of The Dominican Republic, but resides at Thompson Street, Mc Knight, appeared before the Magistrate’s Court to answer the charges of Battery and Threatening language brought against him and he was convicted and fined $1000.00 to be paid in two months or serve two months in prison. The offences were committed on 19th November 2007.

Travis Isaac of Old Road Village appeared before the Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday 19th March 2008 to answer a charge of Battery brought against him. He was convicted and fined $1000.00 to be paid in two months or serve two months in prison. Isaac was arrested and charged on 27th June 2007 after he had beaten Tehrissa Challenger of Main Street, Old Road.

Shalian Hendrickson of Old Road Village appeared before the Magistrate’s Court to answer a charge of Battery and was convicted and placed on a bond for six months under which he is expected to keep the peace or he will have to pay $1000.00 if he fails to do so. Hendrickson was arrested and charged on 12th November 2007 after beating Krishna Williams of Station Street, Old Road.

Also appearing before the court was Joseph Gardner of Saddlers Village. He answered to a charge of Wounding and was convicted and sentenced to two months in prison. On 27th January 2008, Gardner wounded Eleanorad Flanders of Saddlers Village for which he was subsequently arrested and charged.

ARRESTS

In an effort to rid the streets of illegal drugs, guns and ammunitions, the Police conducted routine stop and search operations in the Cayon area on Thursday 20th March 2008. During the exercise Valentine Gaskin of Upper Cayon was stopped and searched and a quantity of marijuana was found in his possession. The drugs and Gaskin were taken into Police custody and he was later charged with the offence of Possession of cannabis.

Police also conducted operations in the St. Pauls Village area and a total of 73 marijuana plants were found growing in a cane field behind the St. Pauls Sporting Complex. The plants, which range in height from 10 inches to four feet were uprooted and taken into custody pending further investigations.

Routine stop and search operations were conducted in the Basseterre area on Monday 24th March 2008 and Police found a quantity of marijuana on Sean Brazier. He and the drugs were taken into Police custody and he was later arrested and charged with the offence of Possession of cannabis.

Stephen Hanley and Veliko Romney, both of Cotton Ground, were on Thursday 20th March 2008 arrested and charged separately for the offence of carrying abroad an offensive weapon.

Damion Andre Spence of Jamaica was arrested and charged on Friday 21st March 2008 for the offence of obtaining credit by false pretence. The offence was committed on 18th March 2008.

Kesean James of Ottley’s Village was arrested and charged on Monday 24th March 2008 with the offence of possession of cannabis.

On Sunday 23rd March 2008, Kimo Flemming of Trafalgar Village was arrested and charged for the offence of Robbery. The offence was committed on 5th November 2007.

Tafari Vaughn Tyson of Bath Village, Nevis, was on Sunday 23rd March 2008 arrested and charged for the offence of Larceny. The offence was committed on 19th March 2008.

Esmerelda Dick of Lower Farms Estate, Nevis was arrested and charged on Saturday 22nd March 2008 for the offence of Inflicting bodily harm. The offence was committed on 16th December 2005.

Kenrick “Kiki” Thomas of Upper College Street was on Wednesday 19th March 2008 arrested and charged for the offence of Wounding with intent, committed on 26th February 2008.

A 17 year old from Cayon and a 17 year old from Molyneaux were both arrested and charged on 18th and 19th March 2008, respectively for Disorderly conduct by fighting.

All persons will appear in court shortly.

POLICE UPROOT OVER 1500 MARIJUANA PLANTS

A total of 1,279 marijuana plants were discovered growing in the Mattingley Height Mountain on Wednesday 19th march 2008 after the Security Forces conducted operations in that area. The plants, which range in height from one foot to three feet were found on seven lots of land. They were uprooted and taken into Police custody. No one was held accountable for the find.

Police also conducted operations in the Franklands area on Wednesday 19th March 2008 and discovered a total of 350 marijuana plants growing on a plot of land. The plants, which range in height from one foot to four feet were uprooted and taken into police custody. No one was made accountable for the find.

Further operations were carried out by Police in the St. Pauls area and a total of 200 marijuana were discovered plants growing in a cane field. The plants ranged in height from seedlings to three feet. They were uprooted and taken into Police custody. No one was made answerable for the find.

POLICE EXECUTE SEARCH WARRANT

On 19th March 2008 Police executed a search warrant on premises at Frigate Bay for controlled drugs, arms and ammunition, documents and articles relating to the commission of a crime. Nothing was found to satisfy the search.

The High Command of the Police Force wishes to express appreciation for the cooperation of the general public at the just concluded CARIFTA Games. While there was some traffic congestion, there was no major traffic incident/accident associated with the games. Similarly, there was no major security breach or incident in the stadium. There was total spectator compliance with the directions and instructions of security personnel. There were also no major road accidents in other parts of the island over the holiday weekend. Again the same sentiments are expressed to motorists and other road users for their care and caution on the road.

COURT CONVICTIONS

Roy Gumbs of Frigate Bay appeared before the Basseterre Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday 25th March 2008 to answer the charges of Battery and Assault brought against him and he was convicted and fined $2,000.00 to be paid in one day or serve two months in prison for the offence of Battery. The charge of Assault was however dismissed. On 23rd June 2007 Lloyd Anglio a native of Jamaica who resides in Water Works, Cayon, reported to Police that he was beaten and assaulted by Roy Gumbs of Frigate Bay, a subsequent investigation led to the arrest and above mentioned charges against Mr. Gumbs.

Jamaine Isaac of College Street also appeared before the said court to answer a charge of Battery committed on 3rd March 2008 and he was convicted and sentenced to two months in prison. The offence occurred on Cayon Street when Isaac attempted to snatch Dennicia Jeffers’ bag away from her. The young lady, who is from Newton Ground Village, was pushed to the ground in the process but Mr. Isaac was quickly caught by Police Officers and arrested and charged.

In another court matter on Wednesday 26th March 2008, Neville Fahie of Newton Ground Village was sentenced to one month in prison for the offence of Fraudulent Conversion after he took a flat tire and $40.00 in cash from a young man with the intention of fixing the same flat tire. The tire was taken to a repair center by Mr. Fahie but he kept the money and disappeared. He was later arrested and charged by police. The offence was committed on 3rd March 2008.

ARREST

Bernell Whyte of Fort Thomas Road was on Wednesday 26th March 2008 arrested and charged for the offence of Battery on Police.

A routine stop and search in St. Pauls Village on Wednesday 26th March 2008 led to the arrest of Anthony Nisbett of Newton Ground Village. Nisbett was stopped and searched by Police who were searching for control drugs, arms and ammunition, a quantity of marijuana was found in his possession. The drugs were confiscated and Nisbett was taken into custody and charged with the offence of Possession of cannabis.

All persons will appear before the court shortly.

POLICE TO HOST TOWN HALL MEETING

The Royal St. Christopher-Nevis Police Force is continuing its series of town hall meetings around the island. On Tuesday 1st April 2008, the Police will meet the residents of Tabernacle and the surrounding villages at the Edgar Gilbert Primary School Tabernacle, at 7:30 pm. The panel will include the High Command of the Police Force, Head of the Criminal Investigation Dept. and representatives of political parties. Issues of crime will be expounded by the Police and the other stakeholders, and you the members of the community will have an opportunity to engage the panel and share your views.