After being on trial for two years, a 54-year-old man was this afternoon sentenced to two years imprisonment and fined $15,000 for having in his possession an illegal firearm.
The sentencing was handed down by Magistrate Dylon Bess who found sufficient evidence against the defendant.
David Nelson, of 190 Church Street, South Cummingsburg, Georgetown, had denied the charge which stated that on November 9, 2017, at Quamina Street, he had in his possession a .223 AR rifle when he was not a licenced to carry such a weapon.
He was on trial in the Georgetown Magistrate’s Courts.
According to information, Nelson was arrested in front of the home of former senior government official under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C).
He was reportedly working for the former government official.
Police acting on information proceeded to the address where they conducted a search on Nelson’s vehicle and under the seat they discovered the unlicensed rifle.
He was then arrested and taken to the station where he gave the police a written caution statement accepting ownership of the firearm, saying that he bought it from a Brazilian man, and was in the process of selling it.
He claimed that he was going to sell the weapon for $6M.
Hence, he was arrested and charged for the offence.