Second man held in Water Hall Land shooting

A second man has been charged in connection with a shooting in Water Hall Land, St Michael last month that left Rico Bovell nursing a gunshot injury to his left foot.

And when the accused, Devon Shaquire Nicholas Best of 1st Avenue, Bank Hall, St Michael appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court today, he was remanded to HMP Dodds for 28 days in the first instance.

He was not required to plead to the indictable charge that he did serious bodily harm to Bovell with intent to maim, disfigure or disable him.

When it came time to consider bail, police prosecutor Sergeant Martin Rock objected on the basis that Best was already out on bail from the No. 1 District ‘A’ Criminal Court and also because of the seriousness of the offence.

“It is alleged that a firearm was used and police are actively trying to recover the weapon. Other persons are being sought in relation to this offence,” Sergeant Rock told Magistrate Douglas Frederick, adding that society needed protection from the accused.

“We believe that if this accused is granted bail he will interfere with the investigation,” the prosecutor added.

In his mitigation, Best explained that he had attended court only Wednesday on another matter, when he was approached by an officer who requested an interview in connection with the case.

He said he gave a statement to the police.

“I was suffering from a gunshot wound . . . . I don’t know how I can wound anybody,” Best told the court.

However, Frederick said the police needed time to conduct their investigations, given the allegation of use of a firearm.

“They are trying to find a firearm. Everyone in society knows that you have to give police a chance to do that,” the magistrate said as he remanded Best into custody until July 5.

Two days after the shooting incident, Rashed Jabar Gittens of Belleview Gap, Waterford, St Michael appeared in court charged with one count of serious bodily harm and one count of use of a firearm. He was remanded to prison as well.

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