Farmer remanded for alleged possession of 12 gauge cartridges

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Pirmikwa Monaka. [iNews' Photo]
Pirmikwa Monaka. [iNews’ Photo]
[www.inewsguyana.com] – A man who speaks no English, from the village of Konoshin, Rupununi District, has been charged with the unlawful possession of ammunition and appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court.

It is alleged that on October 28, 2015 at Lethem Multi-Purpose Complex, Rupununi District, Pirmikwa Monaka had in his possession six 12 gauge cartridges without being the holder of a firearm license.

Through an interpreter, the accused pleaded not guilty to the offense. According to his Lawyer, Monaka is a Farmer by profession and is married with seven children.

In his bail application, the Lawyer noted that the accused has no prior or pending offenses. According to the Attorney, Monaka attempted to seek employment in another village but encountered difficulties doing so.

On the day in question, as he was heading to Brazil through the Guyana-Brazil Border, he was travelling in the company of others, sharing one motor vehicle as is the norm in that part of the country.

The Attorney explained that it was during a routine search by Police on the very vehicle that they discovered the items. The Lawyer made it clear that the items were not found on his client’s possession, but rather in the vehicle, which was being shared with others.

But the Prosecution objected to bail, pointing out that the items were found in the crotch of the accused.

Bail was refused and Monaka is slated to make his next court appearance at the Lethem Magistrate’s Court on December 01.

 

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