Tuesday 26 May, 2020

No bail for man charged with shooting senior cop

Charged: Ellison Charles

Charged: Ellison Charles

Ellison Charles, the second man to be charged following the shooting of Superintendent of Police Gavin Simon, has been denied bail.  

Charles, 28, of Sixth Avenue, Barataria, faced seven charges, including wounding with intent, and possession of firearm and ammunition, from this incident which allegedly took place on April 26. 

He appeared before Magistrate Cheron Raphael in the Arima Magistrates’ Court yesterday. 

ASP Niam Gyan laid the charge in this matter. After the charges were read against him, the matter was adjourned to June 4. 

Charles was denied bail. 

However, he was reminded of his right to apply to a judge in chambers to appeal this ruling. 

Charles was held over the weekend in Oropune Gardens, Piarco, during a police operation led by Cpl Jackman. He was pointed out on Monday during an identification parade, and subsequently charged. 

Supt Garvin Simon was shot during a botched robbery at a gas station in Piarco on April 26. Simon, police said, shot back at his attackers, causing them to flee. 

Police believed one of the suspects had been injured in the incident, which was captured on CCTV footage. 

Immediately after the incident, an operation to capture the suspects was launched, overseen by Snr Sup David, with assistance from Cpl Jaggasar, Cpl Griffith, Cpl Bridgemohansingh, PC Remy, PC Guevara, WPC Thomas, PC St Clair, PC Kerr, among others. 

By midday, one of the suspects was held in a bushy area off Factory Road Extension, Oropune Gardens. Police said a firearm was found nearby. 

Two others were held later that night; however, they were eventually released pending further inquiries.

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