The Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) CEO, Shane Dalling, has disclosed that Jah Cure and several other convicts were granted gun licenses. The convicts were previously denied the licenses because of their criminal background.
This was revealed when Dalling was accusing previous board members of denying applications from convicts who were charged for a serious criminal offence and then granting them the licenses later.
Dalling explained that the reggae artiste was previously denied due to his conviction of rape and several other offences that were later disregarded as he has been granted the permit.
Dalling went on to add that along with the issues with FLA there was an issue with gun dealers who were hesitant to follow through on additional checks that he insisted on. He stated that they believe he was “bad for business”. However, he assured me that he would continue trying to erase all corruption from the FLA.
Another convict, a don in Kingston, was also granted permits to four firearms before Dalling became CEO.
In April 1999, Siccaturie Alcock also known as Jah Cure was convicted for rape and was sentenced to 15 years in prison, with his release being granted in July 2007.
Additionally, the artiste currently has an ongoing case on the charges of attempted murder and aggravated assault with his trial date on March 8. This is the same period his detention was extended for after going to court in Amsterdam in January.
Jah Cure was also arrested by Trinidad and Tobago court marshals after performing at O2 Park in Chaguaramas in 2015. He was charged for accepting money to perform and then being absent. The matter was discussed between his lawyer Mario Merritt and the attorneys of the promoter. Jah Cure reportedly owed more than TT$83,000 but was set free, and he paid US$6,000 to the court.
The remainder was agreed to be paid by him later.