[www.inewsguyana.com] – A vendor of West Ruimveldt, Georgetown, charged with unlawful possession of firearm and ammunition was today (Monday, March 10) remanded to prison by Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry.
David Bernard pleaded not guilty to the charges, which alleged that on March 6 at ‘B’ Filed Sophia, Greater Georgetown, he had in his possession one .9 mm pistol with one matching live round of ammunition and one .38 revolver with six live matching rounds, without being the holder of a firearm license.
Police Prosecutor Michael Grant told the Court that on the day in question at around 23:15 hrs, Bernard and Delroy Brown (the escaped detainee) were riding on a CG motorcycle when they were stopped and searched by Police.
The Court heard that the defendant was the rider of the motorcycle and a subsequent search was carried out but nothing was found on their person.
However, a further search revealed that the firearms and ammunition were found under the motorcycle seat. Grant said during the arrest Delroy Brown, the pillion rider was shot to his leg by Police. Brown escaped from police custody today while undergoing treatment at the Georgetown Public Hospital.
The Prosecutor successfully objected to bail citing the seriousness and prevalence of the offence and the matter will be recalled on March 21. An arrest warrant has since been issued for was issued Brown, 21 of Waterloo Street, also in Georgetown.
According to Police reports, Brown escaped around 05:30 hrs form the Male Surgical ward of the Georgetown Public Hospital while seeking medical attention. The rank handcuffed the escapee to the hospital bed and left for the washroom and upon his return discovered that Brown was missing.