EC$100, 000 bail for suspects on gun and drug charges

The Mont Toute woman and Woburn man, who were on October 16 remanded to the Richmond Hill Prison on six indictable gun and drug-related charges, have each been granted bail in the sum of $100, 000.00.

Chief Magistrate Tamara Gill decided to grant bail but with special conditions set for 32-year-old cook, Angela Pierre and Ken Stanisclaus, a 39-year-old Mason, when they appeared for a second time before the St. George’s No. 1 Magistrate’s Court on October 19, after spending approximately six days on remand at the Richmond Hill Prison.

The suspects found themselves in trouble with the law after a search of the house they occupied and its surroundings turned up 5.25 kilograms of cocaine and 13.28 ounces of “cripa or creepy” – a powerful strain of marijuana grown from plants native to Europe and the United States.

The lawmen also recovered 1 Israeli BUL – M5 9mm Pistol, 50 rounds of 9mm ammunition and 10 rounds of .38 Hollow Point Ammunition.

The cocaine carries an estimated street value of just over EC$500, 000.00.

The two suspects were apprehended in Woburn on October 10, and formally arrested and charged the following day (October 11), with 1 count of Possession of a Controlled Drug, 2 counts of Possession of Ammunition, 2 counts of Trafficking in a Controlled Drug, 1 count of Possession of Firearm.




On the occasion of their first court appearance before the Chief Magistrate on October 12, the Police Prosecution led by Corporal 147 Kerry Swan, objected to bail, informing the court that the lawmen were fearful that if bailed, the suspects can possibly compromise the ongoing investigation by easily disposing of the .38 firearm, which is still at large.

However, Attorney-at-Law Derick Sylvester, who is handling their defense, argued that “this is not a valid reason to deny bail.”

The criminal attorney reminded the court that his clients are innocent until proven guilty, and also expressed the view that the Prosecution’s request is an “affront” to keep his clients in police custody.

After approaching the Bench for a short while, the court took a decision to remand the two suspects to the Richmond Hill Prison until their next court appearance.
On this occasion, the Police Prosecution maintained its position and Attorney Sylvester did the same, reminding the court of his client’s Constitutional right to bail and presumption of innocence.

Having heard both sides, the court took a decision to grant bail with 2 sureties to the suspects, following Sylvester’s successful mitigation on their behalf.

Information reaching THE NEW TODAY is that at the time of her arrest, the female suspect, who is pregnant was paying a visit to the co-accused Stanisclaus, who is her male friend.
Both Pierre and Stanislaus were ordered by the court to report to the South St. George Police Station twice weekly, as well as surrender all travel documents and to request permission from the court to leave the state.

The two are due back in court on December 10.

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