A Carenage man who was shot and injured three weeks ago during a police-involved shooting in Big Yard, Carenage, was granted bail yesterday, as the police once again failed to properly present their evidence in the matter.
This allowed one of the men, Dequan Dyall, 21, to be granted bail with a surety or a cash alternative of $40,000 after the matter was heard for the second time in the Port-of-Spain Magistrates’ 4b Court before Magistrate Sarah De Silva.
His co-accused Christian Eve, 31, was not granted bail during the hearing, but the Magistrate said his bail application may be considered next week.
The two were both charged with shooting at three police officers with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm, possession of a firearm and ammunition to endanger life and possession of a firearm and ammunition without a valid Firearm User’s Licence on May 3.
The shooting incident, which is the subject of a Police Complaints Authority investigation, lead to the death of three people including 14-year-old Mucurapo West Secondary School student Naomi Nelson.
Six other people were injured including police officer Ricardo Peltier after alleged criminals and police engaged in a shootout in Big Yard.
The incident sparked outrage in the community, with residents challenging Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith’s claim that Nelson was killed by a criminal’s bullet.
Last week, the matter was adjourned after the prosecution was not able to present the exhibits in the case, which included the guns the men were accused of holding, as the police claimed that several “parallel” investigations were taking place.
Reporter: Peter Christopher