By PAVEL BAILEY
Tribune Court Reporter
TWO men were separately sentenced in a Magistrate’s Court yesterday - one in connection with possession of a component part of a firearm and another for carrying arms.
Prescott Strachan, 25, stood before Assistant Chief Magistrate Carolyn Vogt-Evans accused of having a black 9mm magazine without a licence.
He pleaded guilty to the charge and was fined $2,500 or eight months in prison.
The second man, Cory Higgs, represented by Attorney Milton Cox, appeared before Assistant Chief Magistrate Subosola Swain on a charge of carrying arms.
On October 20, 2021, in New Providence Higgs, who was reportedly found carrying a knife, was unable to give a satisfactory account for possessing such a weapon.
While the accused’s lawyer argued that the weapon was just a pocketknife similar to what he used to pick his nails in his youth, the weapon logged and shown in evidence was in fact a switchblade.
Despite this, during his plea of mitigation the lawyer asked that the court spare his client a custodial sentence. He cited Higgs’ early plea of guilt to save the court’s time and his clean record as reasons for the Magistrate to consider a conditional discharge.
In view of this, Higgs was bound over to keep the peace for one year. If he failed, he faced a two-month sentence in the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services.
The weapon was ordered to remain confiscated and would eventually be destroyed.