Friday 21 February, 2020

Venezuelan held with ammo said it was used as a 'spirit guard'

A Venezuelan man was sentenced to two months hard labour after a round of ammunition was found in his possession.

Alexander Tinoco Sendar was arrested outside of the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain on Wednesday morning while waiting to be registered.

During a random search, the round of 9mm ammunition was found in a pouch which he was carrying on his person.

Sendar was taken before Magistrate Rehanna Hosein on Wednesday afternoon and pleaded guilty to the offence.

He was unrepresented by legal counsel.

With the use of a translator, he apologised and explained that the round was a gift from his brother as a “spirit guard” to ward off evil. He told the court he was unaware that possessing the round was an offence in this country.

The State recommended a custodial sentence given the prevalence of firearm-related offences, and after further submissions, Hosein agreed, citing that ignorance of the law was not an excuse.

Sendar was sentenced as a result.

More on this as it becomes available.

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