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Aug 5, 2008

Unlikely source keeps grenade off streets

Story PictureIt’s a story that made the headlines in May; it involved a grenade which killed Darren Trapp and injured eleven other persons when it exploded on Mayflower Street. And two months later, another grenade has been taken off the streets by the police with help from a well-known but unlikely source. The grenade was turned in by Raymond Gentle a.k.a. Killer who has had his own share of run-ins with the law. In 2002, we found Gentle in the K.H.M.H. with gunshot wounds to his right chest and left leg. In 2006 Gentle was shot in his stomach near his home. And in 2007 he was the alleged victim of police brutality. But now Gentle has worked with the police to remove this weapon of mass destruction from the streets.

Raymond Gentle, Turned in Grenade to Police
“Saturday we mi have wah open football league first division and probably bout half an hour before I present myself to the stadium. I get caught up inna wah lee problem wid di police dehn inna mi vehicle weh I mi have like four thousand, five hundred dollars inna mi vehicle and dat dah mi money towards mi lee football sporting club fi register fi di semi-pro league. Di police dehn, like dehn neva want tek my story so dehn just ker me dah station and tek out wah search warrant di go and search my house. When dehn gone and search my house, dehn come up pan wah lee two parcel ah cocaine weh wah friend mi just pass through and give me and I just seh well, I wah tek and put dat one side and when time come I could sell dat to somebody and mek wah five, six hundred dollars off ah and use di funds right fi do my lee sporting activities weh I deal wid. When di policeman dehn find di cocaine dehn ker me back da station, me and my friend weh work wid me dah my shop, and seh dehn wah charge me fi drug trafficking. Meanwhile, dehn di mek out dehn lee charge and thing same way and di tek dehn fingerprint. Afta dehn done gone through dehn lee process, me and di inspector start to talk and thing and I tell di inspector—di reason why I give di grenade dah because crime dah no my thing, I just try mek wah step away from crime and mek wah step forward into sports. So I just give dehn di grenade mek dehn coulda free me up from station mek I coulda mi attend my football match dah M.C.C. Grounds. Inna di past I mi gone through several thing wid di policeman dehn weh pah dehn seh I could give dehn more dan wah grenade. Dehn seh dehn want wah machine gun too. Bout two three days before wah young man mi come to me and tell me got wah machine gun fi sell me weh I neva want buy. But right afta dat I get caught up inna wah situation weh di police dehn want wah grenade and wah machine gun, tek di same four thousand, five hundred weh di policeman dehn give me back, buy wah machine gun outta it, give dehn dat long wid di grenade so dat dehn coulda mi release me and send me mek I go play my football match.”

The fragmentation grenade, commonly known as a “frag”, is an anti-personnel weapon that is designed to disperse shrapnel upon exploding. Following the incident in May, police threw the book at Kareem and Akeem Smith and placed charges of Murder and Attempted Murder. Akeem, the younger brother, was additionally charged with Dangerous Harm, Wounding and Harm.

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