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Four charged after deadly police raid

The ex-wife of Attorney Cecil Hilton was among four people charged over the discovery of weapons and drugs during an early Friday morning raid in which three men were killed in a police shootout.

Jane Hilton, 65, Kim Smith, 47, the wife of one of the men killed by police, Smith’s 19-year-old son Shaquille Morley, all of No. 2 Newgate Road, and Fristina Wilson, 19, of Gregory Street, appeared before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt yesterday on charges of drug possession with intent supply, possession of an unlicensed firearm and possession of ammunition.

Prosecutors say the defendants were on May 17 found in possession of 23.2 pounds of marijuana, with a wholesale street value of $23,200, a 9mm pistol, a .45 pistol and seven rounds of .45 ammunition.

They pleaded not guilty to the charges and have been denied bail. They will have to seek bail in the Supreme Court.

Ferguson-Pratt set a trial date of October 22 and 23.

Three of the defendants alleged that they were victims of police brutality through their lawyers.

Christina Galanos alleged that a woman sergeant kicked Smith, who is three months pregnant, in her stomach on Sunday, and said, “You won’t bring another killer into this world.”

Wilver Deleveaux, who represents Wilson, said that male officers punched and stomped her, causing injuries to her knees, back and shoulder. Deleveaux said that Wilson suspects that she is pregnant.

Ian Jupp said that police gunbutted Morley as he slept on the couch downstairs.

Jupp said the assault woke up Wilson.

Police said they went to execute a search warrant on the home in Blair Estates when they were confronted by armed men who allegedly opened fire on the officers before they were killed.

One of the dead men, Tony Smith, 29, also known as Jamaal Penn, was wanted for murder.

Senior Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
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