One of the five Vermont men who have been charged with the July 20 murder of Union Island resident Kamau Jones is also facing three ammunition possession charges.
Courtney Joseph, a 28-year-old labourer of Vermont was on Monday charged that on July 21 at Vermont, he had in his possession one round of .357 ammunition, three rounds of 12-gauge ammunition, and nine rounds of .38 ammunition, without a licence under the Firearms Act.
Joseph pleaded not guilty to the charges, which were read to him by Chief Magistrate Rechanne Browne-Matthias at the Serious Offences Court in Kingstown.
Bail was not open to Joseph in light of the fact that he had already been remanded in custody until Nov. 1, 2016 for the commencement of a preliminary inquiry into Jones’ murder.
Trial on the ammunition charges has been set for Sept. 8, 2016.
Also charged with Jones’ murder are Brydon Joseph, 34; Malcolm Pollin, 52; Mark Weekes, 27; and Shemei Joseph, 25.
Police say that Jones died around 11 p.m. on July 20 after being attacked and shot several times about the body.
He also received a chop wound to the back of the head and was pronounced dead at the scene.