(CMR) The high profile Grand Court trial of accused Elmer Wright (26) and his co-accused started today among an extreme level of security. The police escort caught the attention of many persons who immediately contacted CMR to report that the Air Support Unit and multiple USG units were en route to the prison.
CMR observers also noticed the helicopter was hoovering above the court house for at least 30 minutes after 9:00 am. There were at least 12 armed units with police dogs that guarded all entrances as well as blocked off part of the public roadway. Wright and Nikel Thomas (25) are accused in a home invasion incident in June 2017 and are charged with: robbery, theft, attempted burglary, aggravated burglary, possession of an imitation firearm and damage to property in relation to the Patrick Island incident that shocked residents.
It is alleged that they tied up the husband and wife and proceeded to rob them at gunpoint. The men are also alleged to have stolen a car and tried to break into a West Bay home later that evening. Both men have previously denied the charges. However, moments before the trial began on Thursday, Thomas changed his plea to guilty for charges of attempted burglary and simple burglary. The prosecution accepted Thomas’s pleas and he was released on bail. An application to leave the remaining charges on his file is expected to be made at a later date.
The trial then continued with Wright as the sole defendant. His lawyer objected to the manner in which his client was being treated and told the court that it was akin to being “shackled like a dog” and that this was prejudical to his client. The trial was started today after being delayed from last year because of new evidence.
CMR will be bringing you trial details in another publication.