Man shot by Police remanded for narco-trafficking

Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan has remanded to prison narcotics trafficking accused Glen McCurdy, whom police reportedly shot in the back in effecting his arrest.

It is alleged that McCurdy, on June 25 at Omai Landing, Region Seven, had in his possession 320 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.

Attorney-at-law Glen Hanoman, in submissions to the court, cited his client’s ailing health as a condition for bail.

According to Hanoman, the defendant is a 27-year-old single-parent of one, and is highly unlikely to flee the jurisdiction in light of his ailing state and sole responsibility to his child.

Hanoman further related that his client had been in police custody since Tuesday, and had been put to lie on the cold concrete during the period of detention. He was also not permitted to seek medical attention despite instructions that he was to report to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) on a daily basis for his wounds to be cleaned to prevent the development of any foreseeable infection.

Police Prosecutor Arvin Moore objected to bail on the ground that defence counsel had not provided special reasons for same to be granted.

He briefly related the facts surrounding the incident of McCurdy’s arrest and detention, saying that on the day of the incident, Police patrolling the Omai area saw the defendant with a haversack on his back acting in a suspicious manner. McCurdy, when approached, reportedly drew a chopper from his bag and advanced towards the Police, firing several chops and ignoring orders to drop the weapon.

He was accordingly shot to the abdomen; and as he dropped the haversack, it was searched and found to contain a quantity of leaves, seeds and stems suspected to be cannabis.