Twenty-four-year-old Omari Sergeant, said to be a person of interest to the police, in relation to a double homicide investigation, appeared at the Serious Offences Court on Wednesday on firearm and ammunition charges.
Sergeant, who resides at New Montrose, but had been living in Barbados for several years, has been charged with possession of a Smith and Wesson .45 firearm, and nine rounds of .45 ammunition, without licenses. He pleaded not guilty to both charges when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Rechanne Browne at the Serious Offences Court on Wednesday.
Court Clerk Sergeant Atnel Ash informed the Court that the Prosecution was objecting to bail on the grounds that the police are investigating a capital matter in which the defendant is of great interest to them, and the police are of the view that if he was released on bail, he would hamper those investigations.
Ash added that the police were also carrying out investigations in relation to an exhibit that was recovered.
Ash asked the Court to remand the defendant for two weeks, in the first instance, but the Magistrate remanded him for one week, at this juncture.
Sergeant will return to Court on October 12 for a bail review.
Sergeant was reportedly arrested, and slapped with firearm and ammunition charges, following police action at Old Montrose on October 3.
Sergeant was taken into custody earlier this year, on inquiries, in relation to the May 16, 2022 shooting death of New Montrose residents Elon ‘TV Head’ Barber and Daniel ‘Romano’ Skerrit, but was released, without charges, pending further investigations.
Barber and Skerrit were reportedly among a group of men sitting on the roadside in New Montrose when two masked men approached, and opened fire on them, sometime in the afternoon of May 16.