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Venezuelan charged


A Venezuelan man who was injured in a reported shoot-out with police at sea, aboard the boat “El Amigo Fay” of Union Island on June 3, has been charged and remanded in custody.{{more}}

Junior Jose Astodelle Conteura, who has to be carried around in a wheelchair after sustaining a gunshot wound to his right hip, was charged with attempted murder and attempted kidnapping of Corporal Rohan DeShong of the Royal St Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force.

He was not allowed to plea to the indictable offences when he appeared at the Serious Offences Court on Monday.

Conteura is the fifth man to be charged with these offences in relation to the incident.

The other four — Deybi Jose Mata Vicent, 22; Heuwerto Rafael Mata Mata, 55; Darwind Mata Salazar, 27; and the captain of the vessel, Degry Mata Vicent, 28 — were charged on June 15.

The captain was also charged with failing to notify the Comptroller of Customs of the expected time of arrival of his vessel in St Vincent and the Grenadines on June 3, and failure to transmit the date to the Comptroller of Customs, in accordance with Section 18C of the Customs Act.

Venezuelans David Jose Mata Mata, Natividad de Jesus Mata Mata, and Alfonso Yesid Pallares Medina died in the shoot-out.

A package, allegedly thrown overboard during the reported shootout, contained laundry soap, police investigators found, and not cocaine as initially suspected.(KW)