Pawn Shop owner remanded for unlicensed gun, ammo


Appearing before City Magistrate Judy Latchman on Monday morning was the proprietor of Brothers Pawn Shop, who was  charged and remanded to prison for the illegal possession of firearm and matching ammunition.

The charge read that Freeman Fordyce was in possession of  one Smith & Wesson 9 mm pistol along with 15 live rounds of matching ammunition on May 5, 2017 at George and Princess Street, Werk-en-Rust, Georgetown, without being the holder of a firearm license.

Attorney-at-law Nigel Hughes represented the affairs of Fordyce, relating that his client since his arrest had denied any knowledge of the charge which was found in the premises of the said Pawn Shop. Hughes, in his submission for bail application, told the court that the accused is a businessman of 25 years, no flight risk and with no likelihood of interfering with the ongoing investigations.

Bail was objected to by the prosecution counsel based on the seriousness and gravity of the offence, also considering the penalty attached to such a felony. The lawyer for the prosecution added that police facts differ from that of the defense in that the weapon and the ammunition were found in the pants crotch of the accused, when policed swooped down on the premises and carried out a search on the property.

The matter stands adjourned to May 22, 2017 and Fordyce was remanded to prison.




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