[www.inewsguyana.com] – Seventeen – year – old Wendyson Thomas of Lethem was today charged with possession of firearm, escaping from lawful custody and threatening behaviour towards his mother.
He was placed on $210,000 bail. The young man appeared before Magistrate Fabayo Azore and denied all three charges. He is scheduled to make his next Court appearance before Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry on September 8.
The Court heard that on August 12, he made use of threatening behaviour to his mother Wendy Thomas at Karassabai, South Rupununi.
The second charge stated that on August 14 at Karassabai, he had in his possession one .25 pistol when he was not a licensed firearm holder. The other charge stated that on August 15, at Lethem Police Station, while being in custody for the firearm offence, he escaped from custody.
His lawyer, Jerome Khan told the Court that a search was carried out on Thomas’ house, when the weapon was found in a music box with no ammunition.
He argued that the owner of the property [Thomas’ mother] should be charged for this offence.
In relation to the Threatening Behaviour Offence, Khan explained that his client’s mother sided with his girlfriend during an argument between the two. Khan said Thomas felt that his mother should have taken his side and became annoyed.
Subsequently, his mother related the incident to the Toshao and asked him to talk to her son. She then asked him to explain the situation to the Police and asked them to give him a warning.
However, the Prosecutor informed the Court that the teenager threatened to kill his mother.
As it relates to the offence of escaping lawful custody, Khan explained that his client was detained in excess of 72 hours, as the Police at the Lethem Police Station debated whether he should be placed on Station Bail and who to charge with the firearm offence.
The Lawyer noted that his client was sitting on a bench outside of the station, when he decided to walk out of the Police Station and went to his mother’s house, where he showered.
Moments later, the Police arrested him for escaping lawful custody.
Khan further informed the Court that his client has no prior convictions nor any pending charges and that his mother regrets making a report.