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Two Men Granted Bail For Possession of Illegal Gun, Ammunition

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On Sunday, January 1, 2023 about 1:20 a.m. Officers attached to the Special Services Unit were on mobile patrol, in Vieux Sucre, Gros Islet, when they conducted a search of a motor vehicle.
The officers recovered a Beretta pistol with a magazine containing four (4) rounds of ammunition. The two occupants of the vehicle were arrested and have been formally charged for unlawful Possession of Firearm and Ammunition.
Thirty-seven (37) year old Eldone Jn Baptiste, a resident of Grande Riviere, Gros Islet and Hamadi Monchery a twenty-four (24) year old resident of Degazon, Grande Riviere and were escorted before the First District Court, on Wednesday, January 4, 2023, for a bail hearing.
Hamadi Monchery was granted bail in the sum of $10,000.00 in relation to the charge of Possession of Firearm and $2500.00 for Possession of Ammunition.
Eldone Jn Baptiste was granted bail in the sum of $20,000.00 cash or suitable surety, in relation to the charge of Possession of Firearm and $5000.00 cash or suitable surety for unlawful Possession of Ammunition.
The matter was adjourned to January 24, 2023 for case management.
SOURCE: Royal Saint Lucia Police Force
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  1. If we are really serious about putting a significant dent in the issue of gun crimes in Saint Lucia, persons found with illegal guns and ammunition should not be granted bail! Period!!! The authorities in the political field, as well as the authorities of the judiciary, are all allowing gun-toting criminals to feel at ease, knowing that even as they traffic their arms and ammunition and carry out or oversee other criminal activities involving firearms, bail is still on the table if they are caught! Simply put, the criminals in Saint Lucia are not intimidated by the toothless laws of the country! Good luck fighting crime!

  2. Here are ten reasons why bail shouldn’t be handed for unlawful gun possession:
    1. Violent crime is deterrence for prospective visitors (tourism is the main product).
    2. Serious injuries take a toll on limited medical resources.
    3. Many defendants on bail rearm and continue to ply their trade.
    4. Police spend valuable time investigating re-offenders. Time that could be spent on other cases.
    5. Suspected informers and tipsters are put at risk. They can be intimidated thus affecting the outcome of cases.
    6. Reduces possibility of public cooperation. Fear of reprisals.
    7. Negatively affects quality of life… especially in small communities.
    8. Gun crime can destroy a tourist market. (future)
    9. Experienced criminals provide mentorship to younger easily influenced youngsters.
    10. A subtle message is conveyed that gun crime has minimal consequences.

  3. I can not believe the Justice System in St.lucia!!!!!
    What’s the point of STOP AND SEARCH????
    Those CRIMINALS are laughing at the POLICE OFFICERS..

  4. Another adjournment. When will the magistrate complete a gun case? Senior Magistrate Phulchère please tell us. Some of these magistrates need to resign.


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