Six facing 24 charges
Twenty-four charges were read to five men and a teenager who were accused of engaging police in a gunfight two Sundays ago.
The six, from the Deacons, Tudor Bridge, Black Rock and Grazettes, all in St Michael, were driven in a paddy wagon right to the steps of the District “A” Magistrates’ Court yesterday and hustled inside by a heavily-armed police escort just after 1 p.m.
More than an hour later, the six were hustled back in the waiting van to be transported to the cells in the neighbouring Central Police Station to await the ride to HMP Dodds, after they were remanded for the next 28 days.
Rachad Barry Boyce, 28, of 2nd Avenue, Kellman Land, Black Rock; Richard Shamario Worrell, 27, of Derriston Road, Grazettes; Raschad Justin Bowen, 21, a general worker, of Fairfield Cross Road, Tudor Bridge; Renako Kadeaine Brathwaite, 21, of Fairfield Cross Road, Tudor Bridge; Adigun Rabbi Hinds, 28, of Madison Terrace, Deacons, and 17-year-old Malik Derick Fenty, of 2nd Avenue, Redman Road, Deacons, were not required to plead when they went before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant.
The six were jointly charged with possession of two 9mm-calibre guns; two 40mm-calibre pistols; 17 rounds of 40 mm-calibre ammunition and 29 rounds of 9mm-calibre ammunition, on May 20.
Hinds, Fenty, Bowen, Boyce and Worrell were also jointly charged with shooting at lawmen Jamal Williams, Dale Crichlow, Ryan Eversley and Markinson Chandler, which placed them in danger of death or serious bodily harm on the same date, while Brathwaite was accused of shooting at lawmen Kevin Boyce and Jason Allman, which placed them in danger, two Sundays ago.
The six also faced charges ranging from theft of money in February, using firearms to commit offences like violent disorder and affray, as well as criminal damage, burglary and violent disorder on May 15, 16 and 19.
Brathwaite was represented by Rashida Edwards and Sade Williams, Fenty by Kashka Mottley and Boyce by Naomi Linton.
Magistrate Cuffy-Sargeant remanded the accused until June 20 when they will reappear in court.
Police said some of the offences arose after they intercepted a car, round 9:30 p.m., on May 20, at Kew Road. (HLE)