Man with 7 gun offenses …HE GETS BAIL FOR SHOOTING COP

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A man with seven pending firearm offenses has been granted bail for his brazen attack on a police officer.

Despite objections from the prosecutor, the magistrate still granted bail to a smiling accused, who is accused of shooting an off-duty police officer. Bail was set at $125,000.

Kadeem Welch, 31, of Brazil Village, appeared before Senior Magistrate Debra Quintyne in the Sangre Grande First Magistrate Court charged with wounding PC Hakeem Blake with intent, and five firearm and ammunition related charges.

Police prosecutor Nicholas Ramdeen objected to bail on the basis that the accused has seven matters pending in court but the objection was overruled as Welch had not been convicted of any of the matters.

Blake, who is attached to Sangre Grande Task Force, was shot and wounded while standing near a bar on the Eastern Main Road, Damarie Hill, Sangre Grande on December 1.

He survived with injuries to both legs.

Another man, Ronnie Pinder, 30, of La Horquetta was arrested and charged with six similar charges for the offenses.
Pinder was granted bail in the sum of $200,000.

Both Welch and Pinder are scheduled to return to the Sangre Grande First Magistrate Court on January 5.

KADEEM WELCH

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