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The accused, Atiba Best. (iWN photo)
The accused, Atiba Best. (iWN photo)
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An Ottley Hall man who is accused of shooting at police officers in the West Kingstown community has been granted EC$10,000 bail.

Atiba Best, 26, appeared at the Serious Offences Court on Monday, charged that on Feb. 19, he unlawfully discharged a firearm at PC 551 Mohammed Lavia and PC 700 Verrol Sam.

He was not required to plead to the indictable charge.

Prosecutors are alleging that the police officers, who were on patrol in Ottley Hall, attempted to approach Best. He is alleged to have run from the police officers and discharged a firearm as he fled.

The prosecution did not object to bail.

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As part of the bail conditions, Chief Magistrate Rechanne Browne ordered the accused man to report to the Central Police Station, in Kingstown, on Mondays and Thursdays between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. and surrender to his travel documents.

He returns to court on March 13.

8 replies on “$10,000 bail for man charged with shooting at cops”

  1. Being charged with such a serious offence as this, this individual should clearly remain behind bars until his case is finally tried. Indeed, such a case as this, is precisely why our laws needs to be amended to take account of the profoundly changed environment here in SVG regarding gun violence, protection of our communities and policing.

    Failure to do otherwise by the Government and the Minister for security, and for so long, is most disappointing.

    1. This Chief Magistrate is hot and cold. one minute she’s professing her hate for gun related offences next minute she unbelievably lenient. i know every case have different circumstance but you cannot have double standards, it’s ridiculous.

    2. Well said James but who knows maybe somebody upstairs is protecting their asset.For such an offence bail should of been denied.Stange????

  2. So this guy gets bail. Free to roam and potentially harm the same officers and the Nigerian lady cannot get bail. The prosecutor in that case ( not sure if its the same one here) was so animated in his objection to her getting bail but no objection in this case. I guess the $1300 at stake in her case is more aggravating. This is a joke.

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