Police confirms arrest of Labour candidate

MyVueNews Staff-writer

Basseterre, St. Kitts, 11th October, 2018 (MyVueNews.Com) – Police authorities in St.Kitts have now confirmed that they arrested and charged a young man from Molineaux, who is a customs officer and a candidate for the opposition St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party.

A police release states that Leon Natta-Nelson of Molineaux, was arrested and charged on a gun related matter.

Natta-Nelson is expected to run as the Labour Party candidate in the next general elections, against Dr. Timothy Harris, who is the Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and National Security.

In a formal statement issued late Wednesday, 10th October, 2018, they indicated that Natta was formally arrested and charged on that same day, (10th October) for “…failing to renew his Firearm Users License between February 01, 2018 and October 07, 2018.”

In their statement, the police indicated that Nelson’s Firearm Users License expired on December 31, 2017.

It was further disclosed that Natta-Nelson failed to renew the license within the lawfully stipulated period which would have been on or before 31st January, contrary to section 44(4) of the Firearm Act (2009).

Police quoted Section 44(5) of the Firearm Act states which states that “Any person who fails to pay the appropriate fee in accordance with the provisions of this section commits an offence and, on summary conviction thereof before a Magistrate, shall be liable to a fine not exceeding five thousand dollars and in default of payment to imprisonment with or without hard labour for a term not less than twelve months and not exceeding three years.”

It was indicated that the weapon, along with 25 rounds of ammunition, were confiscated by the Police on Monday, 8th October.

Natta-Nelson, however, was subsequently granted bail in the sum of $10,000 with two sureties for his appearance before the Basseterre Magistrate in December, continued the police report.

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