[www.inewsguyana.com] – A man given the alternative of spending two weeks in jail or posting a fine of $40,000, after pleading guilty to three offences – one of which included the possession of a bayonet without reasonable cause.
A bayonet is a knife, sword, or spike-shaped weapon designed to fit in, on, over or underneath the muzzle of a rifle, musket or similar weapon, turning the gun into a spear.
Levi Williams admitted that he was in possession of one black bayonet at Stabroek Wharf on June 02 without reasonable explanation while confessing that he resisted arrest of constable Devon Layne, a city constable acting in the line of duty. He also admitted to behaving in a disorderly manner.
According to the prosecution, the Constable approached Williams after they noticed him behaving in a suspicious manner; however he ran to the back of the wharf with the Constable hot on his trail. He was finally caught, searched and the weapon was found in his possession.
Williams told the court that he was given the knife by a miner to sharpen it, adding that the Constables did not identify themselves so he thought he was being abducted, so he tried to resist them.
He was fined $20,000 for the disorderly behaviour and resisting arrest charges, or the alternative of two weeks in prison.
For the offence of possession of a dangerous weapon, he was fined $20,000 or two weeks in jail.