21-Y-0 charged with large gun, ammo find; Lawyer says police fabricated story

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Jamal Murphy. [iNews’ Photo]
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The accused behind the latest guns and ammunition bust at the GNIC wharf was brought before Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry and was remanded to prison on Tuesday, May 12.

Twenty-one-year old Jamal Murphy of Lot 40 Vigilance, East Coast Demerara, pleaded not guilty to the allegation which alleged that on May 8, at Georgetown, he was in possession of a quantity of guns and ammunition.

On Friday last, two AK 47 rifles, four .40 pistols, 11 9mm pistols, 15 extra magazines for the firearms, 489 various calibre rounds for the firearms and a bullet proof vest were found in a box containing tinned food items at the wharf.

According to Police prosecutor, Bharrat Mangru, on May 8 custom officers were at GNIC wharf conducting a search on a box sent by Ron Murphy to the defendant.

It was discovered by the officers that a black haversack contained a firearm. Further checks were made in the box in the presence of the defendant, and the other guns and ammunition were discovered.

He was told of the offence and under caution admitted that he went to the wharf to collect the items and he was also going to transport it to a man by the name of David George. Strangely, he denied the offence when brought to court.

His Attorney-at-law Ms. Daniels told the court the box was never searched in her client’s presence. She also asserted that the police may have fabricated the story.

Bail was still objected by the prosecution and the accused was remanded to prison and will make his next court appearance before Magistrate Judy Latchman on May 14.

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