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Jury Acquits Dameko Dean of Gun & Ammo Charges; Judge tosses forgery

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By Wilkie Arthur

Freelance Court Reporter

 

 

#TurksandCaicos, August 5, 2023 – Well-known business man, DAMEKO DEAN, was on Monday July 31 acquitted by Providenciales jury of the charges of keeping firearm and over 40 plus rounds of ammunition.

The six woman, one man jury, for the past two week, heard evidence from a string of witnesses including:  Former Over 30 Years TCI Government Treasury Officer Mrs. Odette Pearl Malcolm Bernadine; another Retired Former TCI Government Treasury Officer Ms. Rosita Elaine Smith; Deputy Director of Public Prosecution Mrs. Angela Terry Brooks; Police Former Tactical Unit Officer Mr. Bradley Reece (now attached in another area in the police department); Police Inspector Mr.  Michael Francois and Police Detective Mr. Myron Cruickshank.

The defendant was represented by senior defense attorney, Finbar Grant and the office of the Director of Public Prosecution (ODPP) hired a private attorney Latisha Williams-Bruce to prosecute the matter on its behalf.

The jury was tasked with considering evidence from the Crown that a license firearm holder of 11 years, did not pay for his gun license in 2020.

Up until the final day of the two weeks trial, the jury also had to consider evidence pertaining to uttering a forged document namely a purported treasury receipt for payment of firearm license for 2020.  However, this charge was withdrawn by the judge.

The Crown was unable to satisfactorily prove that count to enable the jury a fair and just consideration.

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Firearm and Drug Charges

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July 15th, 2024.

 

SHAIWANZO MISSICK of South Back Salina, Grand Turk, has been charged with six counts of firearm-related offences.

Missick, 30, was charged on July 13 after police officers consulted with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The offences against Missick are:

  • One Count – Discharging Firearm
  • One Count- Discharging Ammunition
  • One Count-Possession of Firearm with intent to commit a serious offence
  • Two Counts-Possession of Ammunition
  • One Count –Possession of Firearm
  • One Count-Possession of Controlled Drugs
  • One Count- Possession of Controlled Drugs with intent to supply.

The charges against Missick came following a report made on Saturday, 29 June 2024,  following a shooting incident in Breezy Brae.

Officers obtained a warrant and searched the accused’s residence based on the information received.

The RT&CIPF is asking the public to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously give any information on illegal activity.

Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the Crime Stoppers P3 app from the Google Play Store or Apple Apps and share information anonymously.

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Five Cays Shooting Update

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#TurksandCaicos, July 19, 2024 – Shortly after noon on July 12th, the Control Room of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force received reports of a shooting in Five Cays, Providenciales. A team of offices was dispatched to Granny Hill.

Upon arrival, several interviews were conducted, and evidential items were retrieved.  Thankfully, no one was injured.

Given the investigation’s sensitivity and lines of inquiry, the RT&CIPF cannot comment further.

We are aware of audio videos and photographs purporting to be the location of where the incident allegedly occurred and ask that persons circulating such be mindful of exposing victims.

The RT&CIPF is again reaching out to the public, emphasising their crucial role in this investigation.

We urge you to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231- 1842, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously provide any information on this shooting or any illegal activity.

Your cooperation is vital in ensuring justice is served. Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the Crime Stoppers P3 app from the Google Play Store or Apple Apps and share information anonymously.

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Discharge of Firearm

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Turks and Caicos – Shortly after 10:00 p.m. on Friday 05th July 2024, the Police Control Room received a report of gunshots being heard at the TCI Disposal and Solid Waste, located along Millennium Highway, Blue Hills.

Officers and medical personnel responded, and based on preliminary investigations, a truck transporting a male occupant entered the dump and started offloading items.

An employee at the dump site confronted the occupant. However, he was shot at.

The employee managed to escape. Thankfully, he was not injured. This remains an active investigation.

The RTCIPF asks the public to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously give any information on illegal activity. Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the CrimeStoppers P3 app and share information anonymously.

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