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FORMER POLICE OFFCIER FREED OF GUN CHARGES

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Former police officer Zackrie Latham has been freed of nine firearm related charges and one money laundering charge, in connection with the disappearance of guns and ammunition from the armory of the Georgetown Police Station early last year.

Latham, who was at the time attached to the Georgetown Police Station was cleared on Tuesday of charges of possession of a M-4 rifle which is a prohibited weapon and possession of a number of Glock .22 pistols, both without licenses; possession of 305 rounds of .40mm; not being a licensed firearms dealer sold one Glock .22 pistol to one ‘Pet’ of Sion Hill; sold one magazine with fifteen rounds of .40 mm ammunition to one ‘Pet’ of Sion Hill; sold one Glock .22 pistol to Myron Samuel of Layou; and possession of criminal property to with $E3,200 in cash, which he knew or suspected in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, represented the proceeds of criminal conduct.

Latham was freed of those charges at the Calliaqua Magistrate’s Court after Magistrate Zoila Ellis-Browne upheld a no case submission by Latham’s attorney Grant Connell.

At the close of the prosecution’s case earlier, Connell had submitted that base on the evidence, thus far, the prosecution had failed to make out a case against his client.

Latham will now have to answer only to charges of entering the armory of the Georgetown Police Station as a trespasser and stealing one box of .40mm ammunition valued at EC$250; entering that armory as a trespasser and stealing three boxes of .40mm ammunition, the property of the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The other charge left for him to answer is, being employed in the Government Service as a member of the Police Force, corruptly obtained property for himself on account of an action done by him in discharge of the duties of his office. 

The trial which started last week at the Calliaqua Magistrate’s Court, will continue on May 30.

Crown Counsel Maria Jackson-Richards is leading the case for the Prosecution.

Latham is the last person to be before the Court on charges in connection with the disappearance of the guns and ammunition from the Georgetown Police Station. The others – Avi King, Meshach Dublin, both 26 of Diamond and former national footballer Myron Samuel – had received prison sentences in relation to their charges, but Samuel was released after appealing to the Mercy Committee on medical ground. 

His lawyer Grant Connell had raised a number of his client’s health challenges during his mitigation plea, just before Samuel, 28, was sentenced to 18 months, August 16, last year.

King, Dublin, and Samuel had pleaded guilty to their respective charges.

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