Monday 10 August, 2020

Kadooment Day shooting accused teen back in court

One of the accused charged with endangering the lives of 23 persons on Kadooment Day 2017 was back before the courts yesterday, March 5, on counterfeit charges.

Eighteen-year-old Elijah Akeem Copeland of Chase Gap had been remanded after first appearing in court on August 30. However, since then, he was granted bail for the offences which occurred on August 7 along Spring Garden Highway.

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In relation to those offences, he was jointly charged with others for using unlawful violence in a manner that caused a person present at the scene to fear for their personal safety.  Also, he was accused of recklessly or unlawfully discharging a firearm in a public place, in a manner that placed 23 persons in danger of death or serious bodily harm.

Today, he appeared on two counterfeit charges alleged to have occurred on February 18. The charges are that:

1) With intent to defraud, he endeavoured to obtain from Headquarters Sports Bar, one bottle of Hennessy brandy worth $154 by virtue of a forged instrument, namely four BBD $50 notes, knowing the same to be forged. 

2) With intent to defraud, uttered to the same establishment four forged BBD $50 notes issued by the Central Bank of Barbados, knowing the same to be forged.

He was not required to plead to the charges but the prosecution objected to bail on two grounds. The seriousness of the charge was brought to the court's attention along with the fact that Copeland was on bail for the Kadooment Day charge.

He, however, was granted $5000 bail and asked to return to court on May 10.

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