In the wake of calls from Acting Commissioner of Police, Winston James for persons having illegal firearms in their possession to turn them in to the police, another person has been brought to court on allegations that he used a weapon in settling a dispute.
The suspect is Anthony Baptiste, the son of deceased radio personality, Anthony “Jericho” Greenidge.
Baptiste, a Labourer who resides at Grand Anse Valley, St. George’s is accused of using a gun last week Tuesday to inflict a wound on the upper left side of Raphael Joseph’s head.
A high level source confided in THE NEW TODAY newspaper that the altercation between the two men stem from the selling of marijuana.
The 30-year old Baptiste who is charged with robbery with violence was brought to court on Tuesday before Chief Magistrate, Her Honour Tamara Gill.
Head of the Police Prosecution Department, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Godfrey Victor in objecting to bail described the incident as a very serious matter since it involves the alleged use of a firearm.
It is alleged that Baptiste used a gun to hit the man’s head resulting in a wound being inflicted.
Defense attorney, Peter David took strong objection to ASP Victor’s claim of the presence of a firearm in the incident since his client denies having a gun to him as the lawyer and also in a statement given to the police.
The Defense Attorney tried to influence the decision of the Chief Magistrate by bringing to the attention of the court the fact that Baptiste conducts a football tournament at Mont Toute.
The lawyer also questioned how would the court balance his client’s time of incarceration on remand for one year before it can be proven in a trial that he had no gun.
David told the Chief Magistrate that there are ways to ensure that Baptiste’s rights are guaranteed in a fair trial by a judge and jury.
He noted that people who are accused of committing murder, manslaughter, causing death by dangerous driving are granted bail, but because one man said that his client had a gun, he can go to jail for one year and wait for the evidence to come out to show that it was not true.
Baptiste was remanded to custody at the Richmond Hill Prisons until his next court appointment on June 6.