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$150,000 bail for woman on gun, ammo charges
A Marabella woman was granted $150,000 bail while her co-accused was denied bail on charges of possession of illegal arms and ammunition arising from an incident in which a police officer was shot. Alicia Williams, 29, and Derrick Selina, 31, who was also injured during the incident in New Grant last week, appeared before San Fernando Sixth Court Magistrate Lisa Ramsumair-Hinds.
Another suspect, a pregnant woman, was also arrested last Tuesday when police went to search for arms and ammunition at a house at Mahogany Trace. PC Lincoln Morris was shot in the leg and Selina was shot in the left arm. The court heard yesterday the pregnant woman became ill after her arrest and remained warded under police guard at San Fernando General Hospital. She would be charged when she was released, police said.
Williams and Selina, whose left arm was bandaged and in a sling, were jointly charged with having a 9mm pistol and five rounds of ammunition. Selina faced three separate charges of possession of a Taurus .357 Magnum revolver, six rounds of .38 special ammunition and assault on PC Morris. They were not called upon to plead to the charges which were laid indictably by PCs Chinapoo and Harripersad.
After looking at a copy of Selina’s criminal record, the magistrate denied him bail, saying: “I don’t need to go into it, you know your record.” Selina, however, argued that he could provide extracts to show that those matters had been dealt with. He said there was also video footage showing what happened when the police came to the house last Tuesday. The matter was transferred to the Princes Town Magistrates Court for Monday.