Grand Mal Yachtsman Pleads Guilty

A Yachtsman from Grand Mal, St. George’s has thrown himself at the mercy of the court by pleading guilty to possession of drugs, and arms and ammunition.

Joseph Sylvester was found with a Smith and Wesson Pistol, along with a nine-millimetre Berretta Pistol, and 24 rounds of ammunition by Members of the Drug Squad of the Royal Grenada Police Force at Grand Mal on February 10.

The two firearms and ammunition were found locked away in a safe.

The accused also had in his possession 35.6 pounds of marijuana, which has a street value of $80,000.

Sylvester was jointly charged with Glenroy Edwards, a national of St. Vincent and the Grenadines with the illegal items.

However, Edwards distanced himself from being associated with the illegal items.

When called upon to plead when the charges were read to him at the St. George’s No.1 Magistrate’s Court last week Thursday, the accused told Chief Magistrate, Her Honour Tamara Gill he is not guilty on both charges.

An informed source told THE NEW TODAY newspaper that Sylvester is claiming that Edwards who, at the time was on bail, gave him the marijuana to hold for safekeeping.

Both Sylvester and Edwards had recruited the services of Attorney-at-Law Peter David to represent them in the case.

However, David who is a Government Senator has withdrawn his services from Edwards.

The attorney informed the presiding Magistrate that because of Edwards’ decision to go for a trial on the matter, he would no longer be representing him.
David told the court that representing both men will add up to being a conflict of interest.

Chief Magistrate Gill set aside June 13 as the sentencing date for Sylvester.
Edwards who is currently on remand at the Richmond Hill Prisons is scheduled to attend court on the same date.

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