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Assistant Director of Public Prosecution, left, and Senator Ashelle Morgan. (File photos by iWitness News and S. Ollivierre/API)

Government senator, lawyer Ashelle Morgan and Assistant Director of Public Prosecution Karim Nelson are “persons of interest” in an on-going investigation into the shooting of Diamond Estate resident Cornelius John, 60, at his home on April 13, Commissioner of Police Colin John told iWitness News on Wednesday.

The police chief, however, said he could not say how soon the investigation would be completed.

He confirmed that Nelson and Morgan — who is also Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly — have filed reports against John.

The shooting victim told iWitness News on Wednesday that he reported the shooting to police the very night it occurred, and that it was the police who had taken him to the hospital. 

The commissioner said that he was not aware that John’s wife, Nicole John, also of Diamond Estate, had filed a report against her husband.

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“I have not seen a report. I cannot say for sure that she hasn’t, but I have not seen a report she has filed against him.”

The commissioner was asked what he would say to persons who might express concern about whether the police would investigate the matter thoroughly in light of the fact that senior public officials are involved.

“Well, I can’t account for what people say. I know what police do. We usually investigate matters fairly. So most of the persons who are expressing an opinion, from what I heard, they have political motives. So it is not that I expect anything different from them.”

John told iWitness News that Morgan and another man were among a trio who entered his yard about sometime after 6 p.m. on April 13.

He said he had just exited his house when he saw the trio and called out to them, thinking that they had come to order his concrete products.

He said that the shorter of the two men went and stood behind him and the taller one greeted him saying, “Good evening, Mr. John.”

He said that when he returned the greeting, the man said, “You want to kill the senator?”

“I said, ‘What you’re talking about?’ I had no understanding of what he was talking about so I asked, ‘What you’re talking about?’

“So as I say, ‘What you talking about?’ I said, ‘Leave my family alone. I’m an old man. I need my wife to assist me in my business and you are a single woman, stop carrying my wife up and down. Leave my family, why you want to mash up my family?” John told iWitness News.

He said he told Morgan this because for the days before the incident, “my wife was going around with her say she going visit shelters”.

He said that when he said this, “the tall guy” ran up to him, kicked him off the blocks and started stomping on him on the ground.

John told iWitness News that the man then took a gun from his waist and shot him in his left leg, just below the knee, causing the bone to break.

John said that the woman is Morgan, whom he said he recognised by her physique and voice as she grew up in the community.

He, however, said that he did not know the man who shot him, but would be able to recognise him again if he sees him.   

“I recognise his height and he had on a hat and glasses. And the one who was behind my shoulder, he had a curved back like. I will recognise them once I see them in the area,” John said.

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Svg’s commissioner of police colin john. (iwn file photo)

He said that on April 13, his wife was supposed to assist him on their farm.

“So from she not being there with me and she going around with this lady one day after the other, I say, ‘I need you. You’re supposed to come there.’ And that is why I say I need my wife.’

He said that he and his wife are still together but she has been living at a nearby house since December because he and one of their children had a misunderstanding.

“And the police say to her, you need to cool your head. And I say to the police she has a house over there, they could go over there and stay over there because I would like to be by myself now.”

John also alleged that Morgan also threatened to shoot him in the mouth if he calls her name again.

He said he feels “miserable” about the incident.

“This shouldn’t have happened at all. This happened for no reason at all.  I haven’t done anyone anything cause for this — nothing wrong to anyone that they had to come in my place and shoot me in my foot.”

John told iWitness News that he and Morgan have never had any disagreement or exchange of words before the incident.

He, however, said that in the days before the incident, his wife had been helping Morgan.

iWitness News was unsuccessful in its attempts to secure a contact number for Morgan.

However, Searchlight newspaper reported last week that she had said that she had given a report to the police and would be making no further comments.

Calls to a cellular phone number at which iWitness News had reached Nelson in the past went unanswered and there has been no response to voicemail messages requesting a return call.

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12 replies on “Senator, prosecutor ‘persons of interest’ as shooting investigation continues (+Video)”

  1. Can’t get more straight forward than this just change the accused individuals to ordinary civilians and they would have already been arrested and charged and currently on bail. This is such an easy case for the police to investigate and for the courts to prosecute if the investigation was done correctly the evidence would have been so overwhelming.

    It is clear that the arms of government in St.Vincent such as the judiciary, executive and legislative arms are not independent of each other as outlined in the constitution.

    Time for a March through the streets of Kingstown justice for John nobody is or should be above the law. NOBODY

  2. Avatar Of Vincy LawyerVincy Lawyer says:

    As a Senior Legal Practitioner, I will quote R v Sussex, which states “NOT ONLY MUST JUSTICE BE DONE; IT MUST BE ALSO SEEN TO BE DONE.”

    I hope that investigations are thourough and done without fear or favor. I also hope there’s no political interference in this matter!

    Hope I may but my years of practice dictates otherwise!

    I’m so tired of my profession being unnecessarily dragged in the mud!

  3. Avatar Of Ronald BaileyRonald Bailey says:

    If I were the police doing the investigation, first I would want to know what powers the alleged three have to be confronting a man in his own property to the extent that guns can be draw? What may have transpired will be a he say she say back and forth for which the whole truth may not be forthcoming. But to show up at one’s home like that you either have to possess Police powers or you are a gangster in search of prey?

  4. Heaven help us.Look at the kind 0f people who has been selected to represent the people of this state?Jackals, bandits and hyenas?Ahh it look like the 5 is falling apart at the seam.When the very people you appointed to uphold the laws of this state is allegedly violating those laws they are sworn to uphold something is very wrong here.This tells me that the walls are crumbling.If so,let it come down.

  5. Is this a country of men,, Or is it a country of laws? So shameful to be a vincentians at these times. I was heckled that I came from the small island where the PM has been accused of rape.

  6. A tragedy in the making. If you peel back the top layer and maybe a few more it will increasingly look ‘like RED vs GREEN’. Seeing the man saying he knows certain who the culprit is, I think there is more to the encounter he had earlier that day with the person. This was an evil act. This is going to set the gentleman back some. The other man involved should come forward if he know what good for himself. This reads like a ‘Jamaican gangsta-film’.

  7. If this alleged incident is truthful its troubling for a senator and an assistant prosecutor to be involved in such incident. It only shows in rhis land some people believe they are above the law and are untouchable. This is the state partisan politics in vincyland .

    After the incident a call was made to papa. If [charged and later] convicted she should be disbarred from the senate. Nelson if [charged and] convicted cannot be an Assistant Prosecutor. I wished he had a video of the incident. Why some people believe they are above the law?

  8. Why did Ralph get involved? Vincentians will not believe the results after the investigation. It dumb for the police commissioner and Ralph to say this issue is not political. Both accusers are part of his party and that makes it political. Why was this man gunned down? Did he pose a threat to the gun man?
    I hope these and more questions will be asked by the investigators.

  9. Avatar Of Edge SamuelEdge Samuel says:

    So sad; this is coruption in high places and should be stamped out; it should never be covered up

  10. There are and have always been two systems of Justice (see the USA and the Democrats) one for the elites and one for the rest.
    With the Volcano and ESPECIALLY Covid measures (such as masks), the tensions are high in SVG. These accused political people would otherwise normally never do such things. Then we have the PM getting involved but in the same breath saying he will not. He tried to “deflect the issue” and make it political but it is not working as expected. The usual “doltish” know it is more about Justice, and if the government ULP “elites” do not do the right thing, it will be corruption,( if it is not already), and the ULP will continue to lose support based on all the bad things they have been feeling emboldened to do in the past years. How long can the PM continue to “cover” for the “privileged” without the people going into full rebellion?

    As is written in Animal Farm: “All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others”.

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