Ulric Hanson of Mayreau, one of four men charged with the 2018 murder of 50-year-old Security Guard Rodney George of Victoria Village, was sentenced to six months in prison at the Calliaqua Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
Hanson received the sentence for inducing into Her Majesty’s Prison one black alcatel cellular phone and charger, which are prohibited articles, contrary to Section 47(b) of the Prisons Act, Chapter 393 of the Laws of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Revised Edition 2009.
He had pleaded guilty to the charge before Senior Magistrate Rickie Burnett at the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court last week, but Burnett recused himself and the matter was transferred to the Calliaqua Magistrate’s Court for sentencing.
The facts revealed that Hanson was returning to the prison, May 6, following proceedings in relation to the Preliminary Inquiry (PI) into the Security Guard’s death. That PI is ongoing at the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court.
According to the facts, Hanson was subjected to a search as per standard operating procedure.
The prison officer conducting the search, felt something untoward in the area of Hanson’s chest. He was asked to declare what he had, and Hanson, who was wearing two shirts, took the phone from the pocket of the inner shirt.
Further checks turned up the charger which was concealed in one of the four boxer shorts he was wearing.
Hanson, along with suspended Police Constable Ettian Charles of Arnos Vale, Glenville Harry of Vermont and Jerome Ollivierre of Mayreau, are jointly charged with the Security Guard’s murder, which occurred between August 31 and September 1, 2018 at Arnos Vale.
They are also charged with entering the GEC Auto Supplies at Arnos Vale between August 31 and September 1, 2018, as trespassers, and stealing EC$2,074 in cash, the property of Gevandean Wilson proprietor of the business.
George’s body with throat slit, was discovered in that building on the morning of September 1.
Senior Magistrate Ricky Burnett is presiding over the Preliminary Inquiry which has been adjourned to June 3.
Meanwhile, Charles, Hanson and Harry, along with Racquann Robinson of Campden Park and Elroy Rodgers of New Montrose, are awaiting the hearing of a Preliminary Inquiry into the September 15, 2018 robbery of Medical Doctor Reisha Browne-Caesar, the wife of Agricultural Minister Saboto Caesar.
They are accused of being armed with a gun, robbed Browne-Caesar of items valued EC$10,350, and documents.