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Posted: Wednesday 4 December, 2019 at 11:01 AM

Hamilton Estate man convicted, remanded on three firearm-related charges

By: Stanford Conway,

    CHARKESTOWN, Nevis – LAWTON FORBES of Hamilton Estate, Nevis was on Thursday (Nov. 28) convicted for the offences of Wounding with Intent, Possession of a Firearm and Possession of Ammunition.


    He was remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison pending his sentencing hearing on Monday, April 20, 2020.

    The offences were reportedly committed on Friday, March 4, 2016.

    Back then, a police communiqué had stated that Forbes was also charged with Smuggling of an Illegal Firearm into the Federation.

    “The charges stem from a shooting incident in Charlestown on Friday (March 4) and a stop and search conducted while officers were responding the reported gunfire in Charlestown. Forbes was stopped in the Ramsbury area and was seen throwing the weapon into the brush,” the communiqué stated.

    Information that reached SKNVibes on the day of the incident stated that two individuals were engaged in an altercation in the vicinity of the Octagon Bar in Charlestown around 9:00 p.m., with one of them chasing the other and shots were fired during the process. 

    It also stated that while the incident was taking place, a male and a female, who were on Hunkins Drive, heard the reports of gunfire and they went into their vehicle in an effort to leave the area.

    However, in so doing, a bullet entered the vehicle and struck the male on one of his arms.

    On the following morning, a police report stated that increased presence of officers in Charlestown resulted in the quick apprehension of the suspect, Lawton Forbes, who was making his escape in the Ramsbury area and officers had found him with a .45mm pistol and a number of matching rounds of ammunition.


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