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Cops seek info outside T&T
Independent Liberal Party (ILP) candidate Kerwin Bucchan was denied bail yesterday after he appeared in court on three gun-related charges. Bucchan, 38, will thus spend the next seven days at Remand Yard, Golden Grove, Arouca, while investigators check whether there are charges against him in the United States.
Bucchan, a businessman, who was selected by Jack Warner’s ILP to contest the Morvant district in the October 21 local government elections, appeared before Chaguanas Third Court Magistrate Bramanand Dubey. He was not called upon to plead to the charges, which were laid indictably by PC Beharry of North Eastern Division and PC Mohammed of the Chaguanas police.
Bucchan’s attorney Richard McLeod, in asking for his client to be granted bail, said he owned his own business, was a local government election candidate, had no previous convictions or pending matters and was not a flight risk. The magistrate asked whether Bucchan was wearing a green jersey by accident. McLeod said that was the colour of the party Bucchan is representing. “One of Jack’s boys,” the magistrate commented. McLeod said the incident arose out of a domestic issue, but noted that his client has said he is innocent.
However, prosecutor Sgt Shiva Boodhai said two of the people who were allegedly shot at during the incident were minors. “He shot at minors and I should grant him bail, Mr McLeod?” asked the magistrate. McLeod said the issue arose from a domestic issue and Bucchan was the father of two children. Boodhai said the police also had information that Bucchan had cases in other jurisdictions and were liaising with Interpol to verify that information. The prosecutor said it would take at least two weeks to get that information.
Dubey said he was denying bail because he did not have sufficient information on the possible criminal offences in other jurisdictions. He said firearm and ammunition charges were very serious offences and the fact that Bucchan allegedly shot at minors “was of more concern to the court.” McLeod said whether or not Bucchan had matters in other jurisdictions had no bearing here.
The magistrate, however, asked the prosecutor to try to get the information in a week, especially since Bucchan is a candidate in the upcoming election. The matter was adjourned to October 10 for tracing and bail.
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