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Gion Bernard committed to stand Trial for Attempted Murder Print E-mail
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Thursday, 13 December 2012 00:00

Gion BernardOn Monday, December 10tha preliminary inquiry into two shooting incidents concluded before Senior Magistate Sharon Frazer. The PI, were in the case of 27-year-old Gion Bernard, a resident of #27 Castle Street. At the conclusion of the inquiry, the Magistrate found that there is sufficient evidence to commit the cases of Bernard to the Supreme Court.

Bernard will have to answer to the charges of attempted murder in the shooting of Carrington Bowden which occurred on April 23rd, 2012. He is also to stand trial in the attempted murder of 30-year-old Jermaine Garnett, who was shot a day after Bowden, in the same vicinity on April 24, 2012.

At the end of his PI, Bernard, who was on remand at the Belize Central Prison, was offered bail in the sum of $10,000 plus two sureties of $5,000 each. He was told that he must appear in the January Session of the Supreme Court set to commence on January 15th.

In the PI, Bernard was unrepresented.

The first shooting incident, which Bernard is accused of being involved in, is that of Carrington Bowden which occurred on April 23rd, 2012 on Barracks Road.

The second shooting in which Bernard was positively identified as the shooter is the case of Jermaine Garnett, aka “Horse”. He was shot on April 24th, 2012, on Freetown Road.

Garnett was in the company of his wife, when upon arrival in front of the Freetown Drug Store, he was approached by a man who fired shots at him. Garnett was shot once to the upper shoulder area and ran for help. He was rushed to the KHMH where he was treated and released. The motive of the Garnett’s was said to be an attempted robbery but the gunman was unsuccessful in getting anything that day.

Police had detained Bernard about an hour after the shooting as he fled to his home which was only a block away. They later picked him up from the Castle Street home where he was found in possession of a .38 revolver. He also has that firearm charge pending trial.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 December 2012 16:14