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Bail granted for St Thomas men on gun charges who drove into sea

Published:Thursday | January 7, 2016 | 1:01 PM
- Photo via Twitter. The Mitsubishi Pajero that ended up in the sea after the driver was chased by the police in St Thomas.

The two St Thomas men on gun charges who are accused of driving into the sea in an attempt to evade the police have been granted bail.

Rameish Simpson was offered bail in the sum of $3 million while his cousin, Richard Simpson, was granted bail amounting to $1 million.

The Simpsons are scheduled to reappear in court on March 15.

The men have been ordered to surrender their travel documents and report to the Yallahs Police daily.

A stop order was also placed on the men and a curfew imposed on them between 6 p.m and 6 a.m.

In court today, their attorney, Hensley Williams, raised concern about why his clients were not at the scene when an illegal Uzi submachine firearm and 16 rounds of ammunition were reportedly retrieved from a bag said to be in the car the men drove into the sea.

Williams contended that it was three hours after the bag was retrieved that the suspects were shown it and its contents.

However, the prosecution insisted that the men were at an angle that would have allowed them to see the process of retrieval.

It is reported that last month several police personnel were on patrol along the Grants Pen main road in St. Thomas when they signalled the driver of a Mitsubishi Pajero to stop.

The driver reportedly disobeyed and diverted on to Fish House Lane in the community.

The police pursued and the driver drove the vehicle into the sea.

The police say an illegal Uzi submachine firearm and 16 rounds of ammunition were found and the Mitsubishi Pajero had to be pulled from the sea.