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West End drug & gun trial stutters to a start

- Magistrate dismisses another charge of possession of explosives
Mustafa Claxton (left) and Shawn Williams were jointly charged with Jose Christopher in an alleged drug and gun find in April 2012. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The trial for three of the four men accused of being involved in an alleged drug and gun find following a police sting operation at West End nearly two years ago, began today, January 30, 2014 .

This was not without a few hiccups though, as Magistrate Dr Velon John, not for the first time, dismissed a charge of possession of explosives against the three remaining accused men.

Mustafa Claxton of Free Bottom; Jose Miguel Christopher of Long Look; and Shaun Williams of Purcell Estate all appeared before the court today charged with a number of offences including unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition, unlawful importation of a firearm and ammunition, conspiracy to import, importation and unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to supply. They have all pleaded not guilty.

The fourth accused, Chaim A. Todman of Johnson Ghut, died following a boat accident last year. The quartet was allegedly found with the illegal items on April 15, 2012 during a stop and search carried out on a blue Mitsubishi motor vehicle in the West End area.

A search of the vehicle uncovered a Glock 40 handgun containing 14 rounds of ammunition and three packages containing a total 260 grams of marijuana. Christopher was allegedly found in possession of 10 grams of marijuana.

After Magistrate John dismissed the explosives charge against the men, Crown Counsel Leslie Ann Faulkner requested an adjournment date, pending the outcome of an appeal of a previous decision by Dr John to dismiss a similar charge in another matter on the basis that it was not filed under the relevant Act.

Faulkner said the Crown preferred to deal with all the charges against the men at one time.

However, attorney at law Patrick Thompson argued that it flies in the face of logic to delay the trial for three months, given the substantial charges against the men. The Appeals Court would not be meeting until May, and Thompson said he saw no wisdom in delaying the trial for that length of time for one charge to be decided on.

He further argued that the Crown should proceed with the matter and lay the charge of possession of explosives (9mm ammunition) on file pending the outcome of the appeal.

Magistrate John said Thompson’s argument was compelling and ruled that the matter would proceed before the court today as police witnesses offered their testimony.

The trial continues on March 5, 2014.

13 Responses to “West End drug & gun trial stutters to a start”

  • sus (30/01/2014, 16:04) Like (4) Dislike (14) Reply
    • Really??!! (31/01/2014, 08:52) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      No where in the article I read they charge them in April 2014 but I read the trial start in January 2014!! They were charged in April 2012. Well Sah, you like make argument for nothing eh!!
    • jump (31/01/2014, 10:07) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      lord have mercy kaiza revalation keep singing about free u from the jail
    • Well Sah (31/01/2014, 13:49) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Some of ayo need to read before you write. It does not say April 2014. We aint even reach there yet. Chaaaa
  • wesy end police officer (30/01/2014, 16:26) Like (4) Dislike (14) Reply
    ley my people go!!
  • hm (30/01/2014, 16:37) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
    Mus my boy after this case gets dealt with you need lay low for a while mehnnnn........
  • HearWha (30/01/2014, 20:05) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    all they gotta do now is say it was the other pana own and he cant talk so case close
  • Lawyer (30/01/2014, 20:59) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Funniest thing in this case is,These men were arrested and charged for a Gloc 40,,,But in court the DNA analysis of 17yrs stated that the Gun was an Gloc 9mm.and next arresting officer said its a gloc 40, What a twisted story. Something sounds Fishy! this system sucks
  • Eagle Eye (31/01/2014, 00:26) Like (9) Dislike (6) Reply
    easy case. blame everything on the fouth man
  • @HearWha & Eagle Eye (31/01/2014, 06:50) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    @ hear wha and eagle eye, its called evidence! They dont have anything to link the fourth guy to no gun so shut the hell up buh blame the fourth guy cause he cant talk. Stupidnessss!! May the lord be with ayo with such a childish mentality smh
    • Bane (31/01/2014, 13:18) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      It was the fourth guys vehicle as for as I'm concerned possession is 9/10's of the law.

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