A Long Wall man, who was listed as wanted by police on December 31, 2016, has been granted bail for a separate offence.
In a release issued on December 31, the Royal St Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force (SVGPF) informed the public that Collin “Cocoa Tea” David of Long Wall and Jormana “Small Man” Tash were wanted by police in connection with an alleged drive by shooting in Murray’s Village the night before.
“Subjects are to be approached with caution. They are believed to be armed and considered dangerous,” the report further stated.
However, both Tash and David turned themselves in to police that same day, accompanied by their lawyers Kay Bacchus-Browne and Michaela Ambrose respectively.
Tash was released after questioning.
David, on the other hand, was brought before the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, where he pleaded not guilty to a charge that he, on December 3, 2017 at Long Wall, did assault his child’s mother, Kaywana Williams of Long Wall, causing actual bodily harm.
When called to the stand, Williams told the court that she wishes to proceed with the matter.
However, a few moments later, David’s attorney informed the court that Williams indicated that she did not understand what happened when she stood in the box and that she does not wish to proceed in the matter.
Magistrate Bertie Pompey, however, informed the court that the matter would be revisited on February 7, 2017, the date to which it was ajourned.
The Crown made no objection to David’s bail, which was set in the sum of $2,000, with one surety. The bail bond was signed by his mother.
Notably, the accusations against David come three months after he was released from police custody after an attempted murder charge against him was dismissed. David was sent before the High Court in 2015, charged with the attempted murder of Police Constable 843 Julanie Jack and for being armed with a gun, robbing Cleopatra Wilson, a postal corporation worker of EC$102,000, on June 13, 2013.
David also beat a murder charge in 2012, when he was charged with shooting Ashley “Seymour” Warren, a fruit vendor from Long Wall in 2009.
Seven months after he was freed of Warren’s murder charge, David was charged with the murder of Jahjust Devon Steele, who was gunned down in Rose Place on May 5, 2013. David shared this charge with Jormana “Small Man” Tash. Both men were cleared of the charge in 2015, when Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Colin Williams, made the decision to discontinue the matter.(AS)