Man sentenced to 12-months hard labour for possession of shotgun
A man who was held with a home-made shotgun on Friday night told police that he had originally gotten the weapon because he was contemplating ending his life.
However, he changed his mind and while attempting to dispose of the weapon, he was arrested.
Gerard Forte, 40, was arrested around 10:10 pm on Friday in Embacadere.
According to police reports, officers received information which led them to a location where they observed Forte in the roadway with a black plastic bag in his hand.
The man dropped the bag and attempted to flee the scene.
However, he was eventually held.
The bag, police later learned, contained a shotgun with three rounds of ammunition.
As a result of the find, Forte was arrested and taken into custody.
He was brought before Magistrate Alicia Chankar in the San Fernando Magistrates’ Court.
PC Birbal of the Southern Division Task Force was the complainant in the matter.
Forte plead guilty to the offence and told the court that he had originally gotten the weapon because he was going through a stressful period in life, trying to provide for his five children.
After further submissions to the court, Chankar sentenced the 40-year-old to 12 months in prison.
During this sentence, Forte is expected to receive psychiatric counselling.
More on this as it becomes available.
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