October 4, 2011
Grant claims that he was shot by his attacker for no reason

Ottley Hall resident Anthony Grant, says he is mystified as to why he was the shooting target of a man with whom he claims he never had any altercation.{{more}}

Grant, 46, a watchman, is still a patient at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital after sustaining a gunshot wound to the left side of his abdomen.

Relating his story to SEARCHLIGHT yesterday, from his bed at the Male Surgical Ward, Grant explained that on October 1, at about 9:00 pm, he was at a shop speaking with some other men, when his attacker started arguing with him.

He noted that he was pushed out of the shop by someone else and when he fell to the ground, his attacker shot him and ran.

“I didn’t even know myself until I reach hospital… Me and he is neighbour, so me ain’t know why he just shoot me…,” Grant stated.

Attempting to put the pieces of the puzzle together, Grant said he believes that he was shot because of an ongoing war between his son and the family of his attacker.

“I think is advantage…he just taking over things that really don’t have nothing to do with me,” Grant said.

After completing surgery on Sunday, October 2, Grant said his doctors have told him he might have to stay in hospital for some time, because they may have to do further surgeries.

Meanwhile, Jonathan Bowens, 59, watchman, also of Ottley Hall, was arrested and charged for unlawfully and maliciously wounding Grant.

He appeared at the Serious Offences Court and was not required to plea.

Prosecutor Aldophus Delpesche objected to the defendant’s bail on the grounds that the victim is still hospitalised and that the firearm allegedly used in the incident has not yet been recovered.

Delpesche further stated that if the court opened bail to Bowens that he would hamper the police investigations.

Representing Bowens, Counsel Jomo Thomas told the court that although the matter was a serious one, it is still a bailable offence. He said his client had already been kept in police custody for 48 hours and there was no need to keep him in custody any longer.

Chief Magistrate Sonya Young did not consider bail and placed Bowens on remand until October 10, when she said she would reconsider the issue of bail.(KW)