Duo accused of discharging loaded firearm at police officers remanded

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Junior John and Jamal Jeriah making their way to the holding cell after they were remanded to prison

Two men were on Tuesday remanded to prison by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan when they appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts arraigned for discharging a loaded firearm at two police officers.

Junior John, 32, of East La Penitence, Ruimveldt and Jamal Jeriah, 21, of Albert Street, Queenstown were not required to plead to the indictable charge.

Accused: Carlton Bourne

A third accomplice Carlton Bourne, 21, of Norton and Chapel Streets, Georgetown was also charged along with the two men but did not make an appearance because he was remanded to prison on Monday last after he was slapped with several other charges of a similar nature.

The court heard that on August 1, 2018, while the men were in the vicinity of Norton and Chapel Streets Georgetown they discharged a loaded firearm at police constable Royston Mendonca with intent to maim, disfigure or cause actual bodily harm.

It was also alleged that on the same day in question, the men also discharged a loaded firearm at Police Constable Lester Lewis with intent to maim, disfigure or cause actual bodily harm.

According to defense attorney Paul Fung-A-Fat, in a bail submission for his client (Junior John) said that he was never found with a weapon on his person. He further noted that his client was arrested while he was asleep several hours after the alleged shooting.

Attorney Kescia Williams in a bail submission for her client (Jeriah) told the court that the man was shot during the process of their apprehension by the lawmen and was not receiving medical attention while he was in prison.

The prosecution objected to bail being granted to the men on the grounds of the serious nature of the offence.

Magistrate McLennan upheld the prosecution’s submission and remanded the men to prison until August 27.

Reports are that on the day in question, the car, in which Jeriah and the other two men were traveling, bearing registration plates PSS 4647, was intercepted by Police at Norton and Chapel Streets, Georgetown about 15:00h when police ranks observed the car and its occupants and followed it.

It was reported that one of the men opened fire in the direction of the Police ranks, jumped out of the car, and headed towards Princes Street. This resulted in an exchange of gunshots, resulting in Jeriah being shot in his right shoulder.

He was subsequently picked up and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital.

When this publication visited the scene, Police Officers were seen searching the car and the area.

A .357 revolver, with four matching rounds of ammunition and a spent shell were recovered.

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