Curepe casino shooting suspect appears in court

A Laventille man has appeared before a Tunapuna Magistrate charged in connection with a shooting incident, at a casino in Curepe, which was captured on CCTV and later circulated on social media.

The incident occurred on Saturday 2nd June, 2018, and left two security guards wounded.

Aaron Lightbourne, 27, of Mc Shine Lands, Laventille, was granted $350,000 bail by Senior Magistrate Indrani Cedeno when he appeared before the Tunapuna 1st Magistrates’ Court on Friday 8th June, 2018, on nine charges, including two counts of shooting with intent.

The matter was postponed to Monday 18th June, 2018. Lightbourne was arrested after a search warrant was executed at his home during an anti-crime exercise.

The exercise, which was spearheaded by Snr. Supt. (Ag.) Michael Daniel, took place between 4:00 am and 8:30 am on Friday 8th June, 2018, and included a party of officers from the Northern Division Area West Intelligence Unit and the InterAgency Task Force Fort Chacon Base.

The search resulted in officers discovering a Glock 17 pistol, along with two magazines containing 17 rounds of 9mm ammunition hidden in the living room of the house.

Lightbourne also faces additional charges of two counts of possession of a firearm, two counts of possession of ammunition, discharging a firearm within 40 metres of a roadway, and two counts of possession of firearm and ammunition to endanger life, arising out of the shooting at the casino.

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