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Bail granted for gun-related offences

Assald Benjamin, along with Casilda Albert Duncan who hid her face and Shevon Gay as they made their way to court on Monday

Springs, St. George resident Assald Benjamin is facing sentencing in the Magistrate’s Court, after pleading guilty to gun-related charges on Monday.

The 34-year-old chef was represented by Attorney Peter David when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Francine Foster at the St. George’s No.1 Magistrate’s Court Monday, where he pleaded guilty to possession of firearm and ammunition charges.

He was granted bail in the sum of $75.000.00 with one surety, and special conditions to ensure his compliance with the court’s requirements while awaiting his next court appearance.

Benjamin was also ordered to report to Central Police Station on the Carenage every Monday and Friday and to surrender all travel documents to the court.

44-year old Shevon Gay of St Juilles Street, St. George was granted $20,000.00 bail with one (1) surety when he aappeared before the Chief Magistrate on dangerous harm and stealing charges on Monday.

Gay was also jointly charged with a young woman identified as 28-year-old administrative Assistant Casilda Albert Duncan with possession of firearm and ammunition charges, which have since been dismissed by the Police Prosecution.

As part of his bail conditions, Gay, who was represented in court by Attorney Peter David must also report to Central Police station twice weekly between 6.00 a.m., and 6.00 p.m.

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Both Gay and Benjamin are scheduled to reappear before the Chief Magistrate on August 26.

The matters against the two men surface amidst efforts by the ruling Dickon Mitchell-Administration to remove the powers of a Magistrate to grant bail for gun-related offences.

The change is being proposed in the Firearms Amendment Bill, which was not presented for debate during last week’s sitting of the Houses of Parliament as originally scheduled.

This and other proposals have been an issue of contention for practicing criminal defense attorneys, who through the Grenada Bar Association (GBA) have since written to the Attorney General requesting more consultation on the contentious issue.

In an interview on Monday, GBA President Francis Paul disclosed that the GBA is yet to receive an official response from the Attorney General’s Chambers, regarding its request.

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