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Medical Concerns Delay Gardiner's Sentencing

By LAMECH JOHNSON

Tribune Staff Reporter

ljohnson@tribunemedia.net

CHIEF Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt said she would not sentence a man convicted of possessing an illegal firearm and ammunition until his medical concerns have been addressed.

Harry Gardiner, on crutches yesterday, made his third appearance in court since pleading guilty to three firearms-related offences when arraigned on New Year’s Eve in 2014 with his mother.

Gardiner admitted to having custody of an unlicenced Remington shotgun, three live rounds of shotgun cartridges and three live rounds of .40mm ammunition.

Gardiner, recovering from a gunshot wound to the foot, raised further medical concerns to the magistrate when he appeared on January 13. The magistrate then went on to order he be taken to the Princess Margaret Hospital before adjourning the sentencing to yesterday.

Yesterday, Chief Magistrate Ferguson-Pratt asked the convict if his medical concerns had been addressed and he said no.

While acknowledging his desire to have the matter dealt with, the chief magistrate said she would prefer to have his medical issues taken care of first.

She added that any sentence she hands him will take into consideration time already spent on remand.

"I don't like it there (prison)" Gardiner said.

"That's the reason you ought to listen to your mother. My daddy used to say if you can't hear, you'll feel," the chief magistrate replied.

The matter was adjourned to February 17.

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