Mont Toute Man in Trouble over Shooting Incident

Twenty-five year-old Mont Toute resident, Akim Francis has been slapped with two gun related charges following a shooting incident along the Woodlands main road.

Akim Francis as he was escorted from the St. George’s Number One Magistrate's Court

Akim Francis as he was escorted from the St. George’s Number One Magistrate’s Court

The accused appeared before Chief Magistrate, Tamara Gill last week Wednesday and was remanded to the Richmond Hill prison despite attempts by a defense attorney to secure bail for him.

The shooting incident allegedly occurred on May 9 and left Jason Griffith, a resident of Woodlands nursing a bullet wound at the St. George’s General Hospital.

THE NEW TODAY understands that Griffith has been receiving treatment as the  bullet is said to be jammed in his hip as a result of the shooting.
Though Griffith was reported to be in a stable condition, this newspaper was told that despite two operations, doctors have been unable to locate the bullet in his body.

Francis was charged with grievous harm and illegal possession of a firearm.

Police Prosecutor, Inspector Victor Godfrey objected to bail on the grounds that the lawmen have not recovered the firearm that was allegedly used in the shooting incident.

Well-placed sources have said that the injured man was shot at while he was riding a bicycle along the Woodlands road.

It is alleged that Francis pulled up in a vehicle alongside Griffith, requested money, and when he did not receive it whipped out a gun and shot the man who is now hospitalised before fleeing the scene.

During Francis’ brief court appearance, Attorney-at-Law – Richie Maitland told the Chief Magistrate that he was holding papers for seasoned criminal attorney, Peter David and informed her that his client is willing to cooperate with the police as part of his efforts to secure bail.

Magistrate Gill denied the request for bail and adjourned the matter to June 2nd.

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