Kessler Alcendor of Goodwill and Jess Alexander of Gutter Village were slapped with several joint and individual charges on Wednesday. Shermanie Peters, who was also charged with three other men in connection with the matter last week, received new charges with Alcendor and Alexander when they appeared before a Roseau magistrate.
Over six charges were brought yesterday, which include three possession of a 12-gauge shot gun charges and the possession of two 12 gauge shot gun spent shells.
Alcendor was individually charged with wounding Troy Parker and discharging a Baretta 12-gauge shot gun within 50 yards of the dwelling home of Jullian Mitchel of Tarish Pit. Both he and Alexander were additionally hit with a possession of ammunition charge. The men all pleaded not guilty.
The defendants’ bail was denied following a request from the prosecution for more time to continue investigations into the matter as other weapons and individuals were being sought. The state argued that if released the men would interfere with witnesses and investigations into the matter.
Lawyer for Alcendor and Alexander, Bernard Wiltshire impressed upon the court however, to grant his clients bail. He said that some level of evidence must be brought to the court to prove that his clients will interfere. He said bail should be granted with strict conditions in order to curb any of them meddling with investigations.
In response Magistrate Candia George drew attention to the increase in gun-related crimes in recent times. “I have to look at all the surrounding circumstances. It is a festive season, these things have people in fear,” she stated before denying bail which will be revisited after the holidays.
Meanwhile Wiltshire said his clients rights had been violated as they had been in custody longer than the law permits.
The magistrate advised him to deal with the matter in the appropriate forum.
Alton Eusebe of La Plaine, Shermanie Peter of Goodwill, Marvin Roberts of Mahaut and Mandella Gordon of Goodwill were slapped with a number of firearm and drug-related offenses when they appeared before Chief Magistrate Evelina Baptiste on Friday.
The charges were: possession of a 12-gauge shot gun without the appropriate license, possession of 11 live rounds of 12-guage shot gun ammunition, the possession of a prohibited sawed off 12-gauge shot gun, possession of cannabis, and possession of 11 rounds of live 12-gauge shot gun ammunition on the La Plaine Public Road without a license (Alton Eusebe).