He was remanded to Dodds prison for the next 28 days, but Acting Senior Superintendent of Police John Mark Annel will not spend a single day of that time at the St Philip penal institution.
The 56-year-old of Kenrick Hutson Drive, Lucas Street, St Philip, who is accused of committing six offences under the Firearms Act, was granted $150,000 bail in the No.1 Supreme Court tonight, almost five hours after Magistrate Graveney Bannister remanded him to jail.
His attorneys Sir Richard Cheltenham and Shelly-Ann Seecharan exited the Supreme Court complex on White Park Road, The City around 7:20 p.m., explaining that Annel was released, having satisfied the bail conditions “about half an hour or so ago”.
They told reporters their client, who went before Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson, secured bail between two sureties. However, he must report to a police station twice a week and had to surrender his travel documents. Prosecutor, Principal Crown Counsel Alliston Seale, did not object to bail, they said.
Annel’s day in court began just around 1:15 p.m. when he arrived at the District ‘A’ Traffic Court in an unmarked police vehicle accompanied by officers.
He disembarked at the steps of the Bridgetown court without handcuffs, followed soon after by his attorneys.
However, before the case could get under way his lawyers could be seen getting the necessary paperwork in place to take the matter before the High Court for a bail application.
Annel, who was dressed in a gray suit, then appeared before Magistrate Graveney Bannister but was not required to plead to the offence that he had 100 rounds of ammunition in his possession on September 20 without a valid licence.
It is also alleged that on August 31, September 3, September 9 and September 20, being a member of the RBPF, Annel engaged in willful misconduct which amounted to a breach of public trust by joining the Barbados Rifle and Pistol Federation Inc under the status of a police officer, purchased 100 rounds of ammunition to be expended on that day at the federation’s range at Waterford, and removed the ammunition from the range without expending it.
He is also accused of committing a similar offence on August 3, this time with 150 rounds of ammunition.
“[With] possession of ammunition, the issue of bail rests elsewhere,” the prosecutor, Acting Superintendent Trevor Blackman, told the magistrate.
Annel was then remanded to Dodds Prison until October 23.
The high ranking officer did not exit the Traffic Court in the same manner in which he had entered, leaving instead through a back door.
Just after 4 p.m. Sir Richard and Seecharan entered the Supreme Court complex, with journalists being kept out by a security guard who said he had been given a “directive” to keep the media at bay.
Barbados TODAY tried to reach the Registrar of the Supreme Court Barbara Cook-Alleyne for an explanation but was told she was at a meeting.