Suspect charged over unlicenced gun


Tribune Court Reporter


A MAN was remanded to prison yesterday after being accused of having an unlicenced gun and two sets of ammunition in his possession.

Jimmy Jean, 22, represented by attorney Joel Seymour, faced Magistrate Kendra Kelly on charges of possession of an unlicenced firearm and two counts of possession of ammunition.

On December 1 in New Providence, authorities reportedly found the accused with a black Austria Glock 31 .357 pistol with the serial number erased. At the time of his arrest it is also alleged that Jean had 11 unfired rounds of .357 ammunition as well as five unfired rounds of .40 ammunition.

Jean pleaded not guilty to all charges in court. Prosecutor Sergeant Vernon Pyfrom then objected to bail on the grounds that Jean has no status in the country.

Sgt Pyfrom argued that the accused in this matter had just been released from prison for a grievous harm conviction.

In response to this, Mr Seymour countered that his client does not pose a flight risk and has previously appeared in court for other trials. Jean’s counsel suggested that instead he be fitted with a monitoring device or the court utilise other measures to ensure he returns to court.

After hearing these arguments Magistrate Kelly deferred Jean’s bail hearing to December 7. In the interim the accused will be sent to the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services.

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