Mother, son remanded following huge gun, ammo bust

Satyendra Khemraj

[] – A mother and her son were remanded to prison by Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry on Tuesday, February 24 after pleading not guilty to several firearm and ammunition charges.

The charge against  Medical Practitioner, Satyendra Khemraj and his mother Chandra Khemraj on February 20 at Subryanville, they had in their possession fifteen 9mm rounds, when they are not the holder of a firearm license.

It is also alleged on the same day, at Subryanville, Georgetown, they had in their possession one 9mm Smith and Wesson pistol.

Satyendra had two other charges which stated that February 20 at Subryanville, he also had in his possession five 9mm rounds. It is also alleged that he had in his possession 1,371 rounds of 7.62*39 ammunition, one hundred .233 rounds and two 9mm rounds.

The Court heard that police acting on information went to a building at Austin Street Campbellville where Mr. Khemraj owns and a search was conducted, where some of the illegal items were found.

He was then taken to his other residence in Subryanville and upon arrival, police saw his mother throwing something out the window. Upon inspection, it turned out to be an alleged gun.

The Court heard that the duo was taken to the police station where they both allegedly confessed that they had knowledge of the gun and ammunition.

Attorney-at-Law, Nigel Hughes represented Chandra. He informed the Court that his client has an unblemished record and she suffers from very low blood pressure. Counsel argued that the alleged ammunition was not “physically” found in her possession, thus there is nothing to link her to the allegations.

Hughes also stated that the woman is not a flight risk and she is willing to surrender her passport if necessary.

Police Prosecutor Michael Grant objected to bail citing the nature and prevalence of the offence. He also pointed out the penalty such an offence attracts. According to the Prosecutor, the firearms found during the raid are currently being tested to verify if they were used to commit any unlawful acts.

They will make their next court appearance before Magistrate Ann McLennan on March 03.