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Duo allegedly held with firearm & ammo on boat granted bail

Lee Martin and Mitchell Warren (yellow shirt) are escorted from the Magistrate’s Court following their appearance on April 4, 2017. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Lee Martin, 66, and Mitchell Warren, 43, were granted pre-trial liberty on April 4, 2017 when they appeared in the Magistrate’s Court on charges of possession of an assault rifle and ammunition.

The two were aboard the vessel, Tenacity, when it was searched by customs and police officers who unearthed the illegal weapons on January 20, 2017. The boat is registered as being from St Vincent and the Grenadines and was docked at Port Purcell when the discovery was made.

Prosecuting the matter, Senior Crown Counsel Leslie-Ann Faulkner told the court that during separate police interviews Martin and Warren denied knowledge of the firearm and ammunition.

Without a lawyer to represent him, Martin had a tough time representing himself in trying to secure bail before Magistrate Ayanna O. Baptiste-DaBreo, especially as it related to where he was going to reside if granted bail.

He is a native of Trinidad and Tobago but lives in St Vincent. He told the court that he is the father of five children but is single despite marrying twice. The first wife died of cancer, he told the court.

On the other hand, Warren did have legal counsel in court on April 4, 2017, Attorney at Law E. Leroy Jones, who told the court his client has frequented the territory in a professional capacity being an employee of Silvester Shariff Marine in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

However, Jones told the court that his client couldn’t plea to the charges at the time because he did not receive certain documents from the prosecution.

Both Martin and Warren were given bail at $60K each with one or two sureties. However, they were each required to pay $10K in cash.

9 Responses to “Duo allegedly held with firearm & ammo on boat granted bail”

  • 1 (05/04/2017, 12:14) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    thing to talk
  • Real Stinker (05/04/2017, 13:22) Like (2) Dislike (6) Reply
    free the 66 old man
    • NezRez (06/04/2017, 11:40) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      @Real Stinker...You say free the 66 year old man? Why? You would think at 66 years old he would know better than the younger man, not to commit crimes. They come here and do illegal things in our country and expect to get pity. SMH
  • SAY I SAY SO (05/04/2017, 14:52) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    if they were bvislanders they would've never gotten bail
    • Outlaw (05/04/2017, 18:47) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply

      @ Say I Say So. You know why, because BVIslanders should be the first to safeguard and protect the image of the BVI, so when they breached that trust and get caught with illegal guns, throw them behind bars

      • Nim (05/04/2017, 19:58) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
        Pure hog freaking wash u chatting.
        • Outlaw (06/04/2017, 18:55) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
          @nim, to you its hogwash but it's a fact, we BVIslanders are the most lawless set of people I know and like very much to condone wrong, we always feel we can do what we want and never want to hear that we are wrong. We should always do whatever it takes to
          Protect our country but we alway pulling it to the ground
  • Bull Dawg (06/04/2017, 17:01) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Everyone need to be treated the same.
    If we go to the other Caribbean countries, we may not get a bail so easy.
    You will get a run around first.
    Money talk in those countries.
  • wet (06/04/2017, 22:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    To be poor it seems is already a crime let alone being ignorant of the law.

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