[www.inewsguyana.com] – Melford ‘Seon’ Marshall of Tuschen, East Bank Essequibo was today (Thursday, July 3) remanded to prison by Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine – Beharry for the illegal possession of gun and ammunition.
The 24 – year – old defendant pleaded not guilty to both charges, one which alleged that on June 30 at McDoom Public Road, East Bank Demerara he had in his possession one .32 Taurus Revolver without being a holder of a firearm license.
Particulars of the other charge alleged that on the same day, he had in his possession one .32 spent shell.
Prosecutor Bharat Mangru told the Court that on the day in question, around 17:00 hrs the Police acting on information proceeded to McDoom Public Road, where they made contact with the defendant. A search was conducted and the alleged weapon and ammunition were found in his right side pants pocket.
The case was transferred to Magistrate Fabayo Azore. His Attorney, Paul Fung-A-Fat requested bail for his client which was denied again by Magistrate Azore.
The defence counsel related contradicting facts, which alleged that the labourer, with no prior charges, was beaten by over 50 persons. He said that the police stood by and allowed the persons to beat his client.
Counsel further stated that the ranks threw his client in a vehicle and after they arrived at the station, the Police claimed that they found a gun and ammunition in his possession.
However, the lawyer requested that his client be taken to the hospital to seek medical attention, since he is suffering from a broken jaw and pile (haemorrhoids). He was remanded to prison until July 25.