You are here

Shot guard on gun, ammo charges gets bail

Friday, January 25, 2013
John Hazel, left, is escorted to the Rio Claro Magistrates Court to answer gun-related charges. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH

A security guard who police claim shot himself in the groin last Saturday has been granted $75,000 bail. John Hazel, 41, of Lopinot Settlement, Arouca, who walked with the aid of crutches because of the injury, reappeared before Magistrate Maria Busby Earle-Caddle in the Rio Claro Magistrates Court yesterday. He was charged with possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition.



The shooting incident has attracted international attention. Among other Web sites,  the Huffington Post carried the story in its Weird News section, quoting from an article in the T&T Guardian. and also carried it. The police claimed they found Hazel sitting in a parked car in Rio Claro, bleeding from the groin area, on January 19.


He was taken for medical treatment, after which Cpl Mahabir charged him with being in possession of a .38 revolver and four rounds of ammunition On Monday, the magistrate denied Hazel bail to give the police an opportunity to carry out a fingerprint trace to see if he had previous matters before the court.


Yesterday, court prosecutor Sgt Alexis Garcia said the trace revealed he was a first-time offender. The magistrate adjourned the matter to February 21.


User comments posted on this website are the sole views and opinions of the comment writer and are not representative of Guardian Media Limited or its staff. Guardian Media Limited accepts no liability and will not be held accountable for user comments.

Please help us keep out site clean from inappropriate comments by using the flag option.

Guardian Media Limited reserves the right to remove, to edit or to censor any comments. Any content which is considered unsuitable, unlawful or offensive, includes personal details, advertises or promotes products, services or websites or repeats previous comments will be removed.

Before posting, please refer to the Community Standards, Terms and conditions and Privacy Policy