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Acting senior superintendent remanded on ammunition charges

ANTOINETTE CONNELL, [email protected]

Acting senior superintendent remanded on ammunition charges

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The race is on to get bail for an acting senior superintendent who moments ago was remanded to prison on ammunition charges.

Officer John Mark Annel, a veteran in the Royal Barbados Police Force, is facing six charges in connection with 650 bullets between August 3 and September 20.

When he appeared before Magistrate Graveney Bannister in the Bridgetown Traffic Court, Annel was not required to plead and was automatically remanded until October 23 since magistrates do not have the power to grant bail on ammunition charges.

The 56-year-old resident of Kenrick Hutson Drive, Lucas Street, St Philip was represented by attorney Sir Richard Cheltenham and Shelly Seecharan who immediately filed an urgent bail application before the High Court. That bail hearing is expected to take place this evening by the assigned duty judge.

Assistant Superintendent Trevor Blackman appeared for the prosecution which is alleging that Annel engaged in willful misconduct when as an officer in the force he joined the Barbados Rifle and Pistol Association and on August 31 bought 100 bullets to be expended on that date but removed the ammunition from the Waterford range without expending it.

He is also accused of doing a similar thing on September 3, 9, and 20 in relation to 100 bullets each time and again on August 3 in relation to 150 bullets.

Annel is also charged with unlawfully having 100 bullets on September 20.  (AC)