Student robbed, teacher shot and wounded

Police are investigating a shooting and robbery that occurred on Sunday 6th April 2008 at Bank Street around mid-night. Investigations have revealed that three students from the Ross School of Nursing were at Bank Street when two young men approached them and robbed April Rose Esparta of her cell phone. Richard Speakman, a teacher at the Ross Preparatory School, was shot in the arm as he attempted to assist Esparta. He was later transported to the JNF Hospital where he was treated and discharged. Investigations are ongoing.

Attacker Shot by Police

On Sunday 6th April 2008 at about 6:50 am, motor omnibus H7585 driven by Dave Rubaine of Saddlers was travelling from Basseterre to Saddlers. Upon reaching Ottley’s Village, the bus driver was attacked with stones by one Ishan Huggins alias ‘Mercy-less’. An off duty Police Officer who was travelling on the bus, neutralized Huggins with his service revolver. He was taken to the JNF Hospital by the EMS, where he was treated for injury to his right foot and detained in Hospital. The bus driver also sustained injuries from the attack, and was also treated at the said Hospital and discharged. Police are continuing investigation.

ARRESTS

A Saddlers resident was arrested and charged on Monday 7th April 2008 with the offence of Incest committed on 22nd March 2008.

Kevin Kelly of St. Pauls was arrested and charged on Monday 7th April 2008 with the offence of Unlawful possession of a number of ladies underwear. The offence was committed on 5th April 2008.

St. Pauls resident George Douglas was also arrested and charged on Monday 7th April 2008 with the offence of Wounding committed on 3rd November 2007.

Selwyn Gonzales of Mount Lily Village, Nevis, was arrested and charged on Monday 7th April 2008 with the offence of wounding.

A 15-year-old from New Road Housing Project was on Thursday 3rd April 2008 arrested and charged with the offence of Wounding with intent, committed on 1st April 2008.

Imran Sadio Raja of Frigate was on Friday 4th April 2008 arrested and charged with the offences of Driving without insurance and Driving without a valid driver’s license.

A 14 and a 16-year-old from Boyd’s Village along with a 15-year-old from Monkey Hill and a 17-year-old from Mc Knight were all arrested on Friday 4th April for the offence of Disorderly conduct by fighting.

Mansion resident, Kurtley Duncan was arrested and charged on Sunday 6th April 2008 with the offence of Larceny.

Ian Edgings of #29 Rectory Road, Nevis, and Anthony Ranton of New Road, St. Peters, were all arrested and charged on Sunday 6th April 2008 with the offence of Possession of cannabis after police on Nevis stopped and searched a vehicle owned and driven by Ian on Saturday 5th April 2008 and found a quantity of marijuana. Anthony was an occupant of the same vehicle at the time of the search.

A 15-year-old from Herbert Street, Newtown, was arrested and charged on Saturday 5th April 2008 with the offence of Larceny committed on 4th April 2008.

Derrick Phipps of Sandy Point was on Saturday 5th April 2008, arrested and charged with the offence of Harassment committed on 4th April 2008.

Shawn Brookes of Douglas Commercial Development along with Travis Clarke and Lennon Joseph of Lower Monkey Hill were on Tuesday 8th April 2008, arrested and charged with the offence of robbery, committed on 3rd April 2008.

Ingle Boone of Halfway Tree was on Tuesday 8th April 2008 arrested and charged with the offence of possession of ammunition, committed on 3rd April 2008.

All persons will appear before the court shortly.

COURT CONVICTIONS

Llewellyn Newton of Farms Site, Sandy Point, appeared before the Basseterre Magistrate Court on Friday 4th April 2008 to answer a charge of wounding that was brought against him and he was convicted and placed on bond and ordered to keep the peace and be of good behavior or pay a fine of $1,000.00 if he fails do so. In addition, Llewellyn is also ordered to keep at least 50 feet from Raphael Lake for two years. Mr. Lake received a wound to his hand with a machete used my Llewellyn on 5th June 2007. If Llewellyn fails to stay away from Mr. Lake, he will have to serve two months in prison.

Steven Adonis Bridgewater of Westbourne Ghaut appeared before the Basseterre Magistrate Court to answer a charge of driving an unlicensed vehicle and he was convicted and ordered to pay a fine of $250.00 forthwith or serve one week in prison.

Ann Basta of Frigate also appeared before the Basseterre Magistrate Court to answer the charges of Driving without insurance and Driving without a valid and unexpired driver’s license. She was convicted for both offences and fined $700.00 to be paid in one week or serve 14 days in prison and $150.00 to be paid in one week or serve one week in prison respectively.

Fort Thomas Road resident, Kegel Phipps who was charged with the offences of Driving an unregistered vehicle, driving an unlicensed vehicle and driving without insurance, appeared before the Basseterre Magistrate Court to answer the charges on Thursday 3rd April 2008. He was convicted and fined $300.00 to be paid in one week or serve two weeks in prison for the offence of driving an unregistered vehicle and for the offence of Driving an unlicensed vehicle, Phipps was convicted and cautioned. He was also convicted and fined $200.00 to be paid in one week or serve two weeks in prison for the offence of Driving without insurance.

Teshaw Walwyn of Greenlands also appeared before the Basseterre Magistrate Court on Thursday 3rd April 2008 to answer a charge of Driving without due and attention and was convicted and fined $500.00 to be paid in one day or serve one week in prison.

Vernon Belle of Molyneaux who was charged with the offence of Driving without due care and attention appeared before the Basseterre Magistrate Court and was convicted and ordered to pay $400.00 in one month or serve one month in prison.

Davian Jarvis of Lodge Project appeared before the Basseterre Magistrate Court on Thursday 3rd April 2008 to answer the charges of Escaping lawful custody, Threatening language, Battery on Police, Resisting arrest and Disorderly conduct. Jarvis was sentenced to respective prison sentences of one month, two months and six months, which are to run concurrently. He was convicted and cautioned for the offence of Disorderly conduct. The subsequent arrest and charges came about when Police attempted to arrest Jarvis on Thursday 27th March 2008. At that time he became very aggressive and threatened to kill an officer in the process.

On Tuesday 8th April 2008, Phillips Village resident Alex Wilson appeared before the District ‘B’ Magistrate Court in Sandy Point to answer the charges of Possession of cannabis and Carrying abroad an offensive weapon and he was convicted and ordered to pay $850.00 in two months or serve two months in prison for the offence of Possession of cannabis. He was also convicted for the offence of carrying abroad an offensive weapon and cautioned. The offences were committed on 6th July 2007.

Nigel Romney of Saddlers Village also appeared before the same court and he was convicted for the offence of Driving without due care and attention and was ordered to pay $1,000.00 in three months or serve two months in prison. The offence was committed on 13th October 2007.

WARRANTS AND OPERATIONS

Police conducted routine stop and search operations in the Basseterre area on Sunday 6th April 2008 at about 7 p.m. Several individuals were stopped and searched for controlled drugs, arms and ammunition but nothing was found to satisfy the search. A total of 57 individually wrapped pieces of crack cocaine was found in the immediate vicinity of one of the searches at Herbert Street Newtown. The drugs were taken into custody but no one was made accountable for the find.

A search warrant was executed on the premises of Terrence “Bol” Wharton of Upper Cayon on Thursday 3rd April 2008 at about 10:30 a.m by members of the Security Forces for controlled drugs, arms, ammunition and stolen goods. During the search a small quantity of marijuana was found along with one black face mask. The items were taken into police custody pending further investigations.

A search warrant was also executed on the premises of Doreen Rodriguez and Ingle Boon of Half Way Tree on Thursday 3rd April 2008 for controlled drugs, arms, ammunition and stolen goods. Three plastic bags containing marijuana, one round of ammunition and three camouflage suits were found in Mr. Boon’s bedroom. Mr. Boon along with the items were taken into Police custody. He was subsequently charged for Possession of cannabis.

A routine stop and search exercise by Police on Nevis on Thursday 3rd April 2008 at about 10:45 a.m at the Charlestown Pier resulted in the arrest of Elvis Bradshaw of Newtown Ground Village, St. Kitts, after a quantity of marijuana was found in his possession. Mr. Bradshaw was eventually charged with the offence of Possession of cannabis.

Police conducted an operation in the Middle Island area and discovered a total of 170 marijuana plants growing on a plot of land. The plants, which range from seedlings to five feet in height were uprooted and taken into police custody. No one was held accountable for the find.

On Tuesday 8th April 2008 Police executed search warrants on two premises at Fort Thomas Road and Central Fiennes Avenue respectively, for controlled drugs, arms and ammunition. A quantity of cannabis and crack cocaine was found at the premises of Craig Halliday. The drugs were taken into police custody pending future charges.

While conducting further searches at Upper Thibou Avenue on Tuesday 8th April 2008, Police discovered 20 marijuana plants growing in plastic buckets in an abandon yard. The plants, which range from six inches to two feet in height, were taken into police custody. No one was held accountable for the find.