Police Constable jailed for discharging loaded firearm; possession of Ammo


Convicted: Police Constable, Ocquana Dawson. [iNews' Photo]
Convicted: Police Constable, Ocquana Dawson. [iNews’ Photo]
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Twenty – Eight – year – old Police Constable, Ocquana Dawson attached to the Tactical Service Unit (TSU) was today convicted for discharging a loaded firearm with intent to injure and illegal possession of ammunition.

The Police Constable was sentenced to 48 months imprisonment for the offence of discharging a loaded firearm, while he was fined $50,000 and sentenced to 36 months in jail for the possession of ammunition.

Dawson of Murphy Street, West Bank Demerera was also charged with the offence of damage to property; however this was discharged.

On June 12, 2013 Dawson pleaded not guilty to the offences before Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry and bail was refused.

He was represented by Attorney – at – Law, Lyndon Amsterdam and the matter was transferred before Magistrate Judy Latchman for trial.

The prosecution’s case is that on February 18, 2013 at Globe Yard, Waterloo Street, Dawson allegedly discharged a firearm with intent to injure Phillip “Skinny” Small. The man was shot to his right thigh.

The prosecution told the Court that Dawson discharged three of the 15 rounds of ammunition that was issued to him. He was also accused of damaging the bulletproof vest he was wearing, for which he was found not guilty.



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