Sunday 7 June, 2020

Jail, hard labour for man held with gun in mall car park

A 27-year-old man has been sent to prison after he was found guilty on allegations of firearm possession, ammunition possession, and grand theft auto.

Marcus Byneal, of Cooper Street, appeared before senior magistrate Cherril-Ann Antoine at the San Fernando Magistrates court to answer the charges.

He was arrested around midnight on Monday at the South Park Mall in Tarouba.

A search of the vehicle was conducted and the officers allegedly found and seized the loaded firearm and 17 rounds of ammunition.

Further checks were made and it was soon discovered that Byneal did not have a permit.

As a result of all of these things, he was arrested and taken into custody.

When he appeared before Antoine, Byneal pleaded guilty to the offences.

The court took this into consideration – that he did not waste its time – while delivering its sentence.

However, a strong message also needed to be sent to lawbreakers.

Antoine sentenced Byneal to 14 days simple imprisonment for using his mother’s vehicle without permission; six months hard labour for not having a driver’s permit; three years hard labour for possession of a firearm; and nine months for the ammunition.

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