By LAMECH JOHNSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
TWO men appeared in Magistrate’s Court yesterday accused of possessing an unlicenced firearm and more than 100 rounds of ammunition.
Stafford Ferguson, 32, of Angelfish Street and Dudley Seidei Jr, 27, of Amberjack Street, stood before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt facing three charges in all: possession of an unlicenced firearm and possession of ammunition with intent to supply (two counts).
It is alleged that they committed the crimes while in Freeport, Grand Bahama, on May 23, when it is claimed that they were not lawfully in possession of a black Austria Glock 17 9mm pistol.
It is further claimed they had 80 7.62mm and 50 9mm rounds of ammunition respectively. Both pleaded not guilty.
On the question of bail, police prosecutor Inspector Clifford Daxon offered no objection to a bond being given to Ferguson. However, he did object for Seidei Jr, whom he noted had been on bail when the alleged offences had been committed and had a previous conviction in 2011 on a similar charge.
The chief magistrate granted Ferguson a $10,000 bond with two suretors and the condition that he report to the Central Police Station in Freeport on or before 6pm on Mondays and Thursdays.
However, Seidei was denied a bond on the basis that the charges arose within five years of his conviction for a firearm related offence.
The chief magistrate informed Seidei of his right to appeal her decision on bail to the Supreme Court. However, he was remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison until his trial on July 18.