Man who tried to smuggle ammunition into Georgetown prison remanded

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[www.inewsguyana.com] – A 29-year-old miner will now spend his Christmas and New Years in prison for unlawful possession of ammunition.

Kleon Benjamin of Station Street, Kitty Georgetown appeared before Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry on Tuesday (December 24) and pleaded not guilty to the charge which alleged that on Monday, December 23 at the Georgetown Prison, he had in his possession 2 live rounds of ammunition, without being the holder of a licensed firearm.

Police Prosecutor Bharat Mangru told the court that on the day in question around 11:30hrs the defendant went to the Georgetown Prison to take clothing and footwear to committed prisoner, Anthony Watson.

A search was conducted on him prior to meeting the prisoner by a prison officer when the ammunition was found in the boots which the defendant had brought for Watson.

Mangru said after Benjamin was told of the offence, he denied knowledge and claimed that he is not aware that it was there.

The Prosecutor objected to bail citing the seriousness and prevalence of the offence and the penalty attached.

Bail was refused and Benjamin will return to court on January 14.

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