18-Y-O remanded to prison on illegal possession of gun, ammo charges


Ricardo Pierrea. [iNews’ Photo]
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Eighteen – year-old Ricardo Pierrea of St. Ignatius, Lethem, was remanded to prison by Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry for the offense of possession of narcotics and unlawful possession of firearm and ammunition.

The young man pleaded not guilty to all three charges, one of which alleged that on February 17 at Central Rupununni, he had in his possession six grammes of Marijuana.

It is also alleged that he had in his possession one .32 Taurus revolver, when he was not a holder of firearm license. Additionally, Pierrea is also accused of having in his possession two live rounds of .32 ammunition.

Police Prosecutor Michael Grant told the Court that on the day in question around 11: 05 hrs Police received information and contacted Pierrea. As a result, he took the police to his home where the alleged firearm and ammunition were found.

The Court heard that during questioning, Pierrea admitted that he bought the said weapon from a man in Boa Vista, Brazil.

The teenager was represented by Attorney-at-law, Mark Conway, who told the Court that his client is a student with no prior convictions.

Prosecutor Grant successfully opposed bail on the nature, gravity of the offence and the fact that no special reason was advanced by the defence.

He was remanded to prison and the matter was transferred to Lethem Magistrate’s Court for March 09.