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VINCY SOLDIER TO FACE JUDGE AND JURY

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Just three days after Vincentian born British soldier Keithron Mills was sentenced to two years and eight months for possession of a .45 pistol without a license at Georgetown on January 2, 2022, his colleague- Keri Phillips has been committed to stand trial in the High Court for attempted murder.

Phillips who was enlisted in the British Army before his recent conflict with the law here, was committed to stand trial for the attempted murder of Chester Cottage resident Istah Mack, who was shot four times during an incident at Chester Cottage on December 26, 2021.

Following a Preliminary Inquiry (PI) at the Serious Offences Court, Chief Magistrate Rechanne Browne ruled on Monday, that there was enough evidence for Phillips to stand a High Court trial.

Five witnesses testified for the prosecution at the PI, including the virtual complainant Istah Mack.

Evidence was also heard from Cyprian Mack, the uncle of the virtual complainant, and Corporal Colin Stay, the lead investigator into the matter.

Attorney Duane Daniel represented Phillips while Prosecutor Renrick Cato appeared for the Crown.

Phillips’ colleague Keithron Mills was sentenced to two years and eight months, Friday, January 28, after the Chief Magistrate found him guilty at the conclusion of a trial, of having a .45 pistol without a license.

Evidence revealed that police, acting on information that persons occupying a Suzuki jeep were discharging firearms, arrested Mills after stopping the vehicle at Georgetown.

Mills was at the time the only occupant of the vehicle, and a search uncovered the firearm under the driver’s seat.

But Phillips and Mills were not the only Vincentian born British soldiers holidaying here who ran afoul of the law. Brentley Butler, who was charged with unlawfully discharging a firearm at 17-year-old Emi Balcombe of Langley Park on December 24, was cleared of that charge at a trial on January 2, after the complainant failed to show up.

All these soldiers are from Chester Cottage, Georgetown and were represented in court by attorney Duane Daniel.

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