RAFIQUE EDWARDS
From the Courts
March 8, 2022
Man on firearms and ammunition charge granted $12,000 bail

A MAN FROM Chauncey who has been charged for the unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition was yesterday, March 7, granted bail in the sum of $12,000.

Thirty-three-year-old labourer, Rafique Edwards was on Monday escorted to the Serious Offences Court (SOC) by members of the Rapid Response Unit (RRU).

It was the RRU that apparently arrested him at the Lowmans Leeward public road at around 9:50pm last Friday.

At court, the defendant, represented by lawyer Grant Connell, responded that he was not guilty of, on March 4, at Great House Lowman’s Leeward, possessing an ARMINIUS .32 revolver – serial number 1280240, and seven rounds of .32 ammunition, without license for the weaponry.

Prosecutor, Sergeant Renrick Cato did not object to bail being granted, with the requisite conditions being attached.

Chief Magistrate, Rechanne Browne set bail at $12,000, with sureties. She ordered that the defendant reports to the Questelles police station once per week, on a given day, and that all travel documents be surrendered to the court. Stop notices will be placed at all points of entry and exit. The magistrate also informed the defendant that should he need to travel for any reason he would need to seek permission from the court.

The matter was adjourned to April 14 for hearing.

There were persons prepared to sign bail for the Chauncey resident, but it seems that not all documentation was sorted out before proceedings of the court ended for the day.

Edwards, who seemed to be sporting a long bandage on one of his arms, left the compound in a police transport.