Trigger pulled, gun failed to discharge
Two teens charged with
attempted robbery at Grand Harbour on Monday have also been charged with
Jordon Bryson Powell, 18,
and Jonathan Samuel Welcome, 17, are both named on five charges: attempted
murder, two attempted robberies, possession of an unlicensed firearm and
possession of a prohibited weapon – a canister of pepper
Powell alone is charged
with an assault causing actual bodily harm.
Crown Counsel Marilyn
Brandt said the would-be robbers, who wore masks when they entered Blackbeard’s Liquor
Store, left the premises after not getting any money. They encountered two
She told the court that
Charles Ebanks and Edward Azan had been fearful for the safety of the people in
the store when they saw what was happening and they ran to their vehicles to get
a knife and a machete. As they approached the would-be robbers exited the
store. The one carrying a shotgun pointed it in Mr. Ebanks’ face and demanded
his money and jewels.
Mr. Ebanks replied, “Not
today” and dropped his knife. The gunman pulled the trigger, but the gun failed
to discharge, Ms Brandt related. Mr. Ebanks grabbed the gun and a struggle
ensured. The other suspect, armed with pepper spray, attempted to spray Mr.
Ebanks but Mr. Azan came to his assistance.
The would-be robbers ran
into a bushy area at the back of Grand Harbour and Selkirk Drive. Mr.
Azan and Mr. Ebanks followed. The would-be robber with the pepper spray was
accosted by Mr. Ebanks and responded by spraying him in the face. Mr. Ebanks
nevertheless managed to hit the suspect with the shotgun. Other people then
assisted in holding this suspect while Mr. Azan cornered the
Magistrate Valdis Foldats
remanded both defendants in custody until Friday, 20 May, when they will appear
Welcome, who is from
Town, was represented by
Attorney John Furniss.
Powell, of a George Town address, was
represented by Attorney Lloyd Samson.