Antigua: Contractor charged with attempted murder for shooting staff

By Antigua Observer

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(ANTIGUA OBSERVER) – The building contractor, who allegedly shot one of his workers in Barbuda on Sunday, is now charged with attempted murder.

On Tuesday, the police charged 54-year-old Desbones James St. John of Upper Gambles with the attempted murder of James Elliott of #3 Cassada Gardens.

He was further charged with unlawful possession of one Jennings 9mm pistol and unlawful possession of 13 rounds of 9mm ammunition.

He is expected before the Court on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the police are calling upon residents in Barbuda, who may have witnessed this incident, or have information that can assist in the investigation to contact the Serious Crimes Unit within the Criminal Investigations Department at 464-3943 or 720-9162.

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Police are questioning a building contractor for allegedly shooting his employee in the head on Sunday during a heated confrontation.

James St. Johns was in police custody yesterday assisting them in their investigation.

The man who was shot in the mouth in Barbuda over the weekend is said to be fighting for his life at the Mount St. John’s Medical Centre up to yesterday.

Police said that the Vincentian national, James Elliott of #3 Cassada Gardens, is in critical but stable condition.

According to reports, the builder is part of a team of contractors working in Barbuda following last September’s passage of Hurricane Irma.

Elliott was shot during an altercation with his boss over money.

A source close to the matter, who did not wish to be named, said that the verbal dispute turned physical before ending in the shooting.

“Because the government was not paying us for work, there was some issues and claims of neck cutting,” one contractor told OBSERVER media.

The source added that when the injured man’s boss came to ask him about allegations of him undermining the company, he refused to give any information.

According to that contractor, who claims that the wounded man is his friend, “His boss asked him for a phone that he had bought him, and when he refused, he shot him in his mouth.”

No one else was injured during the fracas. OBSERVER media was told that the shooting occurred at approximately 4 p.m.

Elliott was airlifted to Antigua for treatment.

At the time of going to press, no one had been charged in connection with the shooting.

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