Father, son charged for illegal possession of firearm, ammo

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Michael Sipindhino and his 21 – year - old son, Ashel Sipindhino
Michael Sipindhino and his 21 – year – old son, Ashel Sipindhino

[www.inewsguyana.com] – A father and son were brought before Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry on Tuesday, April 28 charged with unlawful possession of guns and ammunition.

Michael Sipindhino and his 21 – year – old son, Ashel Sipindhino, denied the charges when it was read to them.

It is alleged that on April 23 at Nappy Village, they had in their possession two 20 gauge live cartridges and three 16 gauge live cartridges, when neither of them are holders of a firearm license.

Particulars of the other charge stated that on the same day at the said village they also had in their possession one rifle and a shot gun. The court heard that on the day in question, police were on patrol duty when a search was conducted in their home and the weapons were found.

They duo did not obtain an attorney, but were assisted by Attorney-at-law Peter Hugh in their bail application. Defence counsel told the court that both men are farmers and the house that the illegal weapons were found is occupied by nine other persons.

Police Prosecutor Shawn Gonsalves opposed bail on the grounds that the alleged firearm was found on the father, Michael Sipindhino who admitted to the offence in his caution statement.

Bail was refused for the father; however his son was granted surety of $100,000, for each charge. The matter was transferred to the Lethem court for June 01.

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