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Cop on gun, ammo charges
A suspended policeman already on bail for an alleged taser gun attack on three civilians appeared in court yesterday charged with possession of a pistol and three rounds of ammunition. Constable Veda Persad was granted $100,000 bail by Princes Town magistrate Debra Quintyne after she overruled an objection for bail by the prosecution. Persad, 30, is alleged to have been found with a Taurus .380 pistol and ammunition on October 10 at Cedar Hill Estate Road, Princes Town.
Court prosecutor Sgt Krishna Bedassie said he had no recommendations on how to proceed with the matters. In a bail application, attorney Richard Valere said Persad has two children ages five and two and is not a flight risk. The prosecutor, however, objected to bail under Sec 62 F of the Bail Act, saying Persad, who is on suspension, was on November 1, 2011, charged with two counts of misbehavior in public office. And while on bail for those matters he allegedly committed the firearm offences.
Valere said the prosecution has to prove Persad might not attend court or is a risk to society. Saying the charges were of a non-violent nature, Valere said Persad should not be denied bail merely because of the 2011 charges. Asked by the magistrate the status of the 2011 matter, the prosecutor said he does not know why it has not started. Overruling the objection, the magistrate said she did not think Persad should be incarcerated since the 2011 case has not even started.
The magistrate also told the prosecutor to work on the file so it could be sent to the Director of Public Prosecution for a state attorney to be appointed in the matter. Valere also inquired whether fingerprint impressions were lifted off the pistol since that is particularly important to the defence. The matter was adjourned to November 14.
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