The management of Argyle International Airport wrote to then-Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Colin Williams about the outcome of a case in which a man was accused of possession of a round of ammunition at the airport in December.
“We have written to the DPP then, Mr. Colin Williams, asking him for the grounds on which the matter was dismissed,” Keith Miller, head of security at the AIA told a press conference at the airport on Monday.
“And he responded. And, honestly, he said it is something he has spoken about repeatedly in respect of procedures like that.
“But understand I am not going to mention it here without — I know you are a journalist and mention was made, the grounds were given in court, so if you were in court that day, you would have gotten it. So, I am not going to share or let you into what the DPP discussed on that memo now,” Miller said.
Robert Steele, a US-based Vincentian, was tried at the Serious Offences Court on the charge that on Dec. 27 at the AIA, he had in his possession one round of 9mm ammunition without a licence.
Defence counsel Richard Williams wasted no time in making a no-case submission after the crown closed its case following the evidence of seven witnesses, including a weapons and ammunition expert.
One of the witnesses, an aviation security officer, did not find on the bullet the initials he said they had placed there two days earlier, when the bullet was reportedly found in Steele’s suitcase.
Another witness, a police officer, said the bullet that was presented as evidence in court only had one letter of his initials, rather than the two he said he placed on it.
One person with knowledge of the investigation suggested that the round had been touched so many times by so many persons that the ink had been inadvertently erased from the piece of tape that police had wrapped around the bullet when it was allegedly collected as evidence.