Thread Falls resident Akeem Headley tried to gun down a man three months ago in full view of an off-duty police officer, prosecutors alleged in court today (February 23).
Headley appeared before Magistrate Ayanna Baptiste DaBreo this morning on charges of attempted murder, possession of a firearm to endanger life, and unlawful possession of ammunition.
He was not made to plead to the charges because attempted murder is an indictable offence. That effectively means the matter may be heard in the High Court.
Allegations are that on November 4 last year, the complainant was at Ramone’s Bar in Huntums Ghut with his cousin.
While at the bar, the complainant and his cousin allegedly got into an altercation with Headley.
It is alleged that Headley left the bar shortly after and went to a nearby garage where he was seen removing an item from his scooter. He allegedly placed the item in the waist of his pants and returned to the bar.
It is said Headley’s girlfriend met him outside and reportedly tried to prevent Headley from going back into the establishment.
“Loose me, let me go inside,” the accused man said before advancing to the entrance of the bar.
He allegedly opened fire and shot the complainant in the leg.
The court was told that the complainant’s cousin managed to push Headley before running in the direction of the Road Town Police Station.
Headley allegedly gave chase and fired several shots at the cousin as he ran away.
The prosecution told the court that an off-duty police officer who was at the location then ran after the alleged shooter.
Headley reportedly fled. However, law enforcers apprehended him for questioning sometime after.
During an interview, Headley reportedly told police that he was at the bar but had left before the shooting started.
However, the court was told that the accused shooter changed his story when he discovered his girlfriend had also spoken to police.
During a second interview, Headley allegedly admitted to being at the bar during the shooting.
It is alleged that he also admitted to having an altercation with two men while at the bar. But, the accused reportedly claimed that he mounted his scooter and fled the area when he heard the gunfire.
Headley was then invited to participate in an identification parade but he refused.
The court was then told that police formally arrested and charged Headley on February 22 following further investigation.
During Headley’s appearance in court today, he denied the allegations.
However, Magistrate DaBreo described the allegations as serious and denied bail to the accused.
He will return to court.
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