THREE men were arraigned in court yesterday on separate firearm and ammunition charges.
Orey Paul, 25, and Ringo Ellis, 24, both represented by Attorney Roberto Reckley, faced Senior Magistrate Derence A Rolle Davis on charges of possession of an unlicensed firearm and possession of ammunition.
On July 4 in New Providence the accused were arrested after they were found with a multi-coloured 9mm CPX-2 pistol with the serial number erased and five live rounds of ammunition.
In court Paul pleaded guilty to the offence while his co-accused Ellis pleaded not guilty to both charges.
In view of this the Magistrate sentenced Paul to 18 months at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services (BDCS). Meanwhile the charges against Ellis were officially withdrawn.
The third man, Kerzner Hanna, 24, also faced Senior Magistrate Rolle Davis on charges of possession of an unlicensed firearm and possession of ammunition.
On July 4 in New Providence the accused was reportedly found with a black Smith & Wesson M & P .45mm with the serial number erased and without a licence. Officers also said they found him in possession of three live rounds of .45mm ammunition.
Hanna pleaded not guilty to the charges before the Magistrate.
As there were no objections, $6,000 bail with one or two sureties was granted.
Hanna’s trial is expected to begin on August 29 or 30.