New charges brought against men accused of robbing Marigot Credit Union

first_img 215 Views   3 comments Share Share LocalNews New charges brought against men accused of robbing Marigot Credit Union by: – April 16, 2012 Tweetcenter_img Share Iam Massicot.Eight new charges have been instituted against five men, who allegedly robbed the Marigot Credit Union of $36, 851.45 on the 9th of March, 2012.Police reported on March 10th, 2012 that police officers who were on patrol in the Marigot area on March 9th, 2012 “came upon an armed robbery which was in progress” and were “immediately greeted with aggression” and there was gun fire exchange between the robbers and the officers. During that exchange, one man sustained a gunshot injury while four other men fled the scene.Mitchel Joseph 26 years, Jamie Andrew 19 years, Prinston George 19 years and Michel Azille 26 years of Portsmouth were arrested in connection with the robbery on March 17th, 2012 and appeared before a magistrate on 20th March, 2012 where 3 charges of attempted murder and possession of firearm was read to them. They all pleaded guilty to the possession of firearm charge however were not entitled to plead to the attempted murder charges as they are indictable offences. Michel AzilleOn that date, the fifth accused Iam Massicot 32 years of Paix Bouche was a patient at the Princess Margaret Hospital nursing injuries resulting from a gun fire exchange between the robbers and the police. However, on Monday April 16th, 2012 all five accused men appeared in court before Chief Magistrate Evelina Baptiste where 8 new charges were read to them and the previous March 20th charges withdrawn upon request by Police prosecutor Claude Weekes.The charges are; attempted murder on corporal Boycott Yankey, attempted murder on inspector Oliver Frederick, attempted murder on corporal Hans Francis, conspiracy to possess 1 28” gauge shot gun with intent to endanger lives, conspiracy to possess 1 sub machine gun magazine with intent to endanger life, robbery of EC$36, 851.45 from the Marigot Credit Union, aggravated burglary with the use of firearm on the Marigot Credit Union and conspiracy to possess 9 rounds of 9 mm ammunition.Princeton GeorgeThe accused were not entitled to enter a plea as all 8 charges are indictable offences. Mr. Weekes informed the Court that the prosecution’s objection to bail for the accused men still stands as police investigations into the alleged robbery incident is still ongoing.Weekes told the Court that although he is aware of the accused men’s presumption of innocence until proven guilty, the nature of the offences committed and severity of the punishment they stand to receive should they be found guilty should be considered. He submitted further that some firearms are still missing as well as “a large” sum of cash therefore if released the defendants could impede the police’s investigations.Jamie AndrewAccording to Weekes; all the defendants have previous charges including Iam Massicot who was on bail at the time when the alleged robbery of the credit union occurred.Zena Dyer who represents Iam Massicot told the Court that her client needs a brain scan as she has been informed by a medical practitioner that “some of his brain matter was removed” while they attempted to remove the bullet from his head.She also asked the Court whether her client could sit during the proceeding as well as some “pain killers”. Dyer who did not have a medical report available as it was not ready informed that she would make an application for bail in a week’s time when the documents will be ready.Mitchel JosephMeanwhile Wayne Norde who represents the other accused men; Mitchel Joseph, Jamie Andrew, Princeton George and Mitchell Azille, informed the Court that his clients had been in custody “for 6 weeks” which in his estimation is “sufficient” time for the police to conduct their investigations.He also noted that he would make an application for bail next week when he anticipates that their investigations would be complete considering that “they cannot investigate forever”.Magistrate Baptiste informed the men that their application for bail is “denied” and reminded them to be present on June 13th, 2012 at the Marigot Magistrate’s Court for the preliminary investigation.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring!last_img

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