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|DPP instructs magistrate to rule on arson defendants caution statements|
|Tuesday, 07 August 2012 20:57|
DEFENDANTS Colin Jones, Randy Mars, Basil Morgan, Anthony Watson and Jahfar Simpson, escorted by approximately nine heavily armed ranks of the Anti-Crime Patrol, appeared Monday before Georgetown Magistrate Hazel Octive Hamilton, who indicated that she has received instructions from the Director of Public Prosecutions, Shalimar Ali Hack, to make a ruling on the caution statement given by the men.
The magistrate informed the men that she had to comply with the DPP’s instructions, as there would be consequences if those instructions were not followed.
She then asked each of the men whether they wished to say anything for themselves and/or call witnesses to testify on their behalf, even as she notified them that the statements they chose to give in court would be recorded in writing and they would be required to sign same. She explained that the men’s statements could also be used against them in their trial.
The men were all represented by Attorney-at-law George Thomas, who made bail application for each of them except Jones, since he faces a murder charge.
Deputy Police Superintendent Fazil Karimbaksh, prosecuting, successfully objected to Thomas’s bail application for the men on grounds of the nature and gravity of the offences for which the men have been indicted. He said the offences include discharging a loaded firearm, robbery under arms, attempted murder, and murder.
The men indicated to the court that they would reserve their statements until their trial in the High Court, when they would call their witnesses.
They were all denied bail, and were remanded to prison pending High Court notice of commencement of their trial.
The remanded prisoners had made their first court appearance in 2010 following arson at the Ministry of Health in Brickdam; attempts to burn the Richard Ishmael Secondary School and the Supreme Court building, as well as the gun attack on the Brickdam Police Station during July 2009.
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