Grenada: Arrested for stealing sand. Four buckets of it!
Local Journalist Arrested
George Worme has been granted bail in the sum of two thousand dollars with one surety to appear in Court on May 22nd 2012 following his arrest for sand-mining.
The 54 years old Journalist of Springs, St. George was caught with four buckets of sand in a vehicle on the Fort. Jeudy Beach, (Fort. Jeudy, St. George) by officers attached to South St. George Police Station during a patrol at about 1:00 a.m. this morning (Monday 16th April, 2012).
Source: Office of the Commissioner of Police
Contact Community Relations Department (CRD)
440- 3764 / 435-8918 / 405 3134 /405-7451
Date: Monday 16th April, 2012
Newspaper Editor, George Worme, who has used his newspaper to expose what he sees as corruption in Grenada, has been arrested and charged for stealing sand, police have said.
Under Grenadian law it is illegal to extract sand from the beaches and such a crime carries a penalty of EC$15,000 (US$5,555) or two years in prison.
Sand mining in Grenada has been identified as one of the main contributing factors to beach degradation.
Beach sand accounts for 100% of the fine aggregate used for construction purposes. In recent years rapid growth in tourism, building of private homes and businesses and the laying down of new agricultural roads have generated a marked increase in the demand for beach sand.
A well places source said when questioned by police, the 54 year old admitted that he was taking five buckets of sand to help with some tiling he was doing at his house.
He was subsequently arrested and charged.
—George Worme Arrested And Charged
However, Worme, the editor of the controversial New Today newspaper, has described his arrest as a misunderstanding.
“The Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) has charged me with sand mining as a result of a certain misunderstanding. Since a formal charge has been laid against me, the matter is now before the Magistrate’s Court, as such it is sub-judice and therefore I cannot make any further comment at this stage” Worme said in a statement.
“Neither my lawyer or myself would wish to get into the merit of the case, however, Clouden will address the matter at the appropriate time and place. This is a matter involving the Commissioner of Police Vs George Worme in a private capacity and in no way involves the New Today Newspaper”.
—GRENADIAN JOURNALIST CHARGED WITH STEALING SAND!