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Police in Antigua have charged a 21-year-old with the murder of Drew Gollan, the 38-year-old Australian skipper of the Perini Navi ketch Perseus, who was shot dead outside the Gallery Bar last week.

The following statement was issued by the police:

On 30 January, 2009, a 21 year resident of Potters, Sylvester Lindsey, was arrested and charged for the murder of Drew Joseph Gollan of Australia which occurred in English Harbour on the 22nd January, 2009. The individual will be brought before the Court on Monday for the homicide. A .32 calibre pistol has been seized which we believe was involved in the offence.

Three other persons were detained in relation to the murder. Investigation is continuing and we will further advise if more charges are to be laid.

The success of the investigation was due to a team effort between the police and public. The Homicide and Intelligence Units of the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda with the assistance of Crime Stoppers, the media and the general public pulled together to help solve the case. Numerous tips were received and members of the public have come forward to assist the police.