Cooperation between St. Kitts and Nevis and St. Maarten police played critical role in conviction and sentencing of two criminals
Cooperation between the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force and the St. Maarten Police played a critical role in the conviction and sentencing of two Kittitians in the Dutch territory.
This was revealed by the Acting Commissioner of Police Hilroy Brandy.
Craig Halliday and Akeem Chumney were sentenced to 18 years in prison, in St. Maarten, last week, after being found guilty of attempted murder and possession of illegal firearms.
Halliday was also convicted for possession of counterfeit euro bills.
According to case information, the two young men- Halliday 36 and Chumney 28- attempted to murder not only their intended target but also the driver of the vehicle their target was in.
St. Maarten Police was able to identify Halliday and Chumney after sharing video footage of the incident with their colleagues in St. Kitts and Nevis. Confirmation was swift, as both suspects were well known to St. Kitts and Nevis Police.
This latest development puts into perspective a statement made by Acting Commissioner Brandy, in February, where he indicated that contract killings are a reality in the federation. He also stated that gang members from St. Kitts and Nevis travel to neighbouring islands- and vice versa- to commit murder.
He made his statement while hosting Police Commissioners Paul Morrison of Anguilla and Carl John of St. Maarten.
It was also revealed then that there several “gangsters” from St. Kitts and Nevis who were incarcerated in St. Maarten.