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Yam Piece man pleads not guilty to intimidation with a firearm

Chavis Charles of Yam Piece Stock Farm will spend the weekend on remand at the Stock Farm Prison as he tries to get a proper surety to stand bail in a charge of “intimidation” leveled against him by the police.

Charles appeared by Magistrate Pearl Williams where the charge was read to him, he pleaded not guilty. Reports are that on August 28, 2023, he used a firearm to intimidate a member of his family.

The prosecution, headed by Seargent David Andrew Jr. did not object to bail but with proper surety and reporting conditions.

Seargent Andrew told the court that given the “seriousness of the offense, the strong public interest, and the reckless approach by individuals with the use of firearms” the prosecution would have objected to bail, however, the matter is “complicated since it happened in a family setting and the complainant may have a change of heart.”

“That’s why the prosecution is not objecting to bail,” he told the court. He warned that people cannot come to the police for firearm-related matters and when it comes to court is seeking to “drop the matter.”

“It is now a State matter, firearm offenses are very serious and when it reaches the court, the protection will decide how it proceeds,” he said.

The Magistrate also shared his sentiments stating that “firearm-related matters are serious and cannot be taken lightly.”

The matter was adjourned to November 10, 2023. In the meantime, Charles remains in custody at the Stock Farm Prison pending the hearing of a bail application with a fit and proper surety.