By LAMECH JOHNSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
A MAN facing up to 10 years imprisonment for possessing an illegal firearm and ammunition will have to wait another two weeks before he learns his fate.
In the interim, 21-year-old Harry Gardiner told Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson Pratt he is using his time on remand to make a turn around in his life after he pleaded guilty to three firearm related offences when arraigned on New Year’s Eve in 2014 with his mother.
Gardiner admitted to having custody of an unlicensed Remington shotgun, three live rounds of shotgun cartridges and three live rounds of .40mm ammunition.
He and his 51-year-old mother, Margaret Gardiner, were both charged with a count each of possession of an unlicensed shotgun and possession of ammunition. However, charges against his mother were dropped shortly after their arraignment on the charges.
The chief magistrate told the convict yesterday that she wanted more time to consider a punishment.
Gardiner, recovering from a gunshot wound to the foot, raised medical concerns to the magistrate who ordered that he be taken to the Princess Margaret Hospital.
She told him: “This may sound painful but this is a good thing for you.”
“You need to shape up young man,” the chief magistrate added.
Gardiner agreed with her.
He is now scheduled to reappear in Magistrates Court on January 30.