No bail for man injured in Carenage shooting

A man who was shot and in­jured dur­ing a po­lice-in­volved shoot­ing in Big Yard, Care­nage, two weeks ago, has ap­peared in court to face three charges, among them shoot­ing at the po­lice.

De­quan Dyall, who walked in on crutch­es, was brought to the Port-of-Spain Mag­is­trate's Court along with Chris­t­ian Eve.

Both men were 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 Users 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.

Dyall and Eve were de­nied bail when they ap­peared be­fore Mag­is­trate Sarah De Sil­va in the 4B court­room, as the pros­e­cu­tion ar­gued the pair were like­ly to flee if re­leased.

The two men were rep­re­sent­ed by at­tor­ney Seana Ba­boolal.

Dur­ing the hear­ing, the pros­e­cu­tion was not able to present the ev­i­dence ex­hibits, which in­clud­ed the guns the men were ac­cused of hold­ing, as the po­lice claimed that sev­er­al "par­al­lel" in­ves­ti­ga­tions were taking place.

The mag­is­trate, how­ev­er, re­quest­ed that ex­hibits be pre­sent­ed to the court, when the mat­ter next comes up for hear­ing on May 23.

The shoot­ing in­ci­dent saw a to­tal of 6 peo­ple in­clud­ing po­lice of­fi­cer Ri­car­do Pelti­er be­ing in­jured 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.

 - Peter Christopher  

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