Principal Magistrate, Faith McGusty this morning remanded a man to prison after he pleaded not guilty to having in his possession an illegal firearm.
Forty-eight -year-old Kent Isaacs appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.
He denied the charge which stated that on March 22,2020 at Garnett Street, Georgetown, he had in his possession one 9MM pistol when he was not the holder of a firearm license enforced at the time.
Facts presented by Police Prosecutor Delon Sullivan stated that on the day in question, ranks on patrol duty saw the defendant acting in a suspicious manner and requested to carry out a search.
The defendant, upon seeing the ranks, took out an object from his pants waist and threw it over a fence.
The object was then retrieved by a rank and it was discovered to be a firearm.
Isaacs was then told of the offence to which he denied, hence he was arrested and taken into custody.
However, Isaacs, in addressing the court stated,” I was intoxicated while making my way home and two police officers stopped and search me. While searching me they said they gon lock me up.”
Isaacs added that while in custody he received a hit to his rib as a result of being beaten by ranks. The man further went on to tell the court that after receiving injuries, he was not taken for medical attention.
Prosecutor Sullivan made serious objections to bail being granted to the defendant on the grounds of the serious nature of the allegation and the penalty the charge attracts.
The Prosecutor also highlighted the fact that ranks saw the defendant throwing the firearm over a fence.
The Magistrate, after listening to both sides, remanded Isaacs to prison until April 22.