20-year-old Hakim Mc Queen who has been charged in connection with a shooting incident in May 2018, pleaded guilty on Monday to one (1) count of Attempted Murder and one (1) count of
Represented by Attorney-at-Law Jerry Edwin, the accused appeared before female High Court Judge, Justice Paula Gilford at the St. George’s No.1 High Court on St. John’s, Street, where he entered his plea.
McQueen who has been on remand in prison for approximately eight (8) months, was19-years at the time of the alleged incident, which occurred on May 10 around 1.00 a.m which left the victim with injuries to his left elbow, forearm and upper right side of the abdomen and lower right side of the hip.
He was initially slapped with four (4) indictable charges including Possession of a Fire Arm and Possession of Ammunition.
However, arguments put forward by his attorney led the court to determine that in the absence of a firearm expert report, the possession charges could not be sustained, notwithstanding that the injury to the victim was caused by a firearm.
The matter is being prosecuted for the state by Crown Counsel, Crisan Greendige, who agreed with the decision taken by the court.
THE NEW TODAY understands that Mc Queen, who has seven (7) prior convictions, including one (1) for the offence of Grievous Harm dating back to 2016, when he was still a juvenile, is facing a maximum sentence of 10 years on each of the two (2) new gun-related charges.
Speaking with THE NEW TODAY on Monday afternoon, attorney Edwin expressed optimism that Mc Queen’s guilty plea will earn him the proposed “1/3 discount on sentence.”
Justice Gilford has set March 29 as the date for sentencing.