[www.inewsguyana.com] – Thirty – nine –year – old Lloyd Johnson of lot 184 Wismar Linden, was remanded to prison for the unlawful possession of firearm and ammunition.
Johnson was not required to plead to three charges before Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry, one of which alleged that on November 26, 2013 at Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown, he had in his possession one .32 revolver when he was not a licensed firearm holder.
The other charge alleged that on the same day at Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown, he had in his possession three .32 live rounds of ammunition, without lawful authority.
In addition to that, he was also accused of discharging a loaded firearm at police rank, Leslie Eastman, with intent to maim, cause harm or disfigure.
Police Prosecutor Grant objected to bail on the grounds of the nature, gravity and prevalence of the offence. He also pointed out that extreme violence was use in the commission of the offence.
Grant told the Court that on the day in question, ranks from the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) acting on information, contacted the accused in relation to a robbery.
Upon seeing the ranks, Johnson fired shots at the ranks, resulting in a confrontation. He was shot to his arm and was hospitalized.
The Chief Magistrate inquired as to why only now the accused was brought to court, when she was informed that he evaded the police.
Johnson was represented by Attorney-at-Law, Denise Hodge, who informed the Court that he is the sole breadwinner of his family and has been diagnosed with a serious illness.
The defence version of the case alleged that on the day of the incident, Johnson was in the company of others, when some unknown persons told him not to move. Counsel said after her client saw guns, he became fearful.
Bail was denied and the matters were transferred to Sparendaam Court.