Businessman Accused Of Firearm Charges


Tribune Staff Reporter


A GRAND Bahama businessman was arraigned in Magistrate’s Court yesterday for more than 20 various firearm and ammunition possession charges.

Some of the weapons were allegedly found at his residence.

Edward Dudley Goodwin Barrett, 47, of No.16 Pink Pearl Close, Freeport, appeared before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt facing six charges of possession of firearms with intent to supply, two counts of possession of ammunition, three counts of possession of ammunition with intent to supply, and nine counts of importation of firearms.

Barrett was also charged with one count of conspiracy to import firearms and one count of conspiracy to import ammunition.

He was also charged with one count of possession of an unlicensed shotgun and two counts of possession of ammunition, which were alleged to have been found at his residence.

He pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.

The prosecution objected to the granting of bail for the first 20 charges, citing the nature and seriousness of the offences and the potential of the investigation being hampered by witness interference as the core reasons for the objections.

However, Chief Magistrate Ferguson-Pratt said the question of bail for the final three charges would be addressed next week Monday at 2.30pm, which would give the Crown time to formally object to the granting of bail by way of an affidavit and for his attorney, Wayne Munroe, QC, to respond.

Barrett was remanded to the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services until then.

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