The son of Assistant Commissioner of Police with responsibility for police operation, Christopher Benjamin has been slapped with charges of possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.
Ashano Benjamin, an employee of the Income Tax Department, is slated to appear in court on Monday to answer to charges that he had the firearm and ammunition in his possession in Arnos Vale on Oct. 27, 2023.
He is jointly charged with Kemani Gould, another Barrouallie resident.
A third person, said to be a national footballer, who was part of the investigation was released without charge, iWitness News was reliably informed.
iWitness News understands that the men were charged after the investigation was handed over to a senior detective this week.
The men had been released on bond on two occasions after they were initially arrested in Arnos Vale on Oct. 27, where an international football match was being played.
Despite the presumption of innocence, the charge could prove somewhat of an embarrassment to ACP Benjamin, who on Monday acknowledged that many Vincentians were asking what the police were doing to fight crime in the country.
“We are working hard to keep everybody safe but if I outline to you exactly in detail what we are about to do or what we are doing, it will defeat the purpose,” the senior police officer told a police press conference.
“But all I will say, you will feel us. So, expect some inconvenience based on our initiatives. We will be seen. A high police presence will be visible throughout our communities and also, we will be present but not so present. So, we will be there and you won’t know we are there,” Benjamin said.
“I urge citizens, come forward, give information to the police so that we can bring these people who are committing these crimes to justice. Don’t wait until it is affecting you to come forward. Remember we are all in this crime fighting business together.”