Kishanda Clarke

By Monique Washington

Jelani Howell and Khyle Tweed of Bath Village, hopedMagistrate Yasmine Clarke would set them free on bail until their court date, but the magistrate denied bail and they will sitin Her Majesty’s Prison in St Kitts until they apply for bail at High Court.

Howell and Tweed were chargedon April 20 for discharging a firearm on Stuart Williams Drive. They shot at Dylon White and wounded KishandaClarke,in an attempt to commitmurder. Clarke was driven to the Alexandria Hospital and treated for non-life threatening wounds to his shoulder and leg and hospitalized. He has since been discharged.

Howell’sattorney MickiaMills told the court her client has no convictions as an adult. She noted Howell was arrested as a minor and his last offence was five years ago. She added that none of his offences has ever caused him to be remanded.

Mills explained, as an adult her client has been “a very careful and law-abiding young man, what he is being accused of is uncharacteristic of him.” She commented thatHowell is a family person and had been gainfullyemployed full time.

“Howellis obedient and helpful at work,” the attorney said. “He is very promising and committed.”

Attorney S.D. Melonie Hector, who represented Tweed, told the court her client is only 22-years-old and has never had any run-in with the law. She reminded the court that that the charges to her client are“just allegations. My client comes before the court unblemished.”

Both attorneys assured the court their clients would be willing to be placed on curfew, have their travel documents surrendered and have sureties for the bail.

Prosecutor Steven Hector quickly slammed the attorneys’ pleas by describing the actions of the two defendants as “serious offenses.”

The prosecutor noted the crimes the defendants are accused of are not offences that happened “in the heat of the moment,” but offences that must have had thought behind them. He said if the defendants were granted bail, being placed on a curfew would not deterthe young men from committing another crime.

In her judgement, Magistrate Clarke noted both men were charged with a “very serious offence.”

“Neitherattorney can guarantee a similar offence will not be carried out,” the magistrate said, “Bail denied.”

Magistrate Clarke told both men they can apply for bail at the High Court, but will be remanded until then.