A fisherman was yesterday refused bail by acting Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry after he appeared on two charges of possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.
The first charge against Damion Prince Allicock is that on March 25 he had in his possession one .32 pistol, without being the holder of a firearm licence, while the second charge read that on the same day he was found with 11 matching live rounds, again without licence.
The 21-year-old father of one pleaded not guilty to both charges when they were read to him at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.
According to the facts as presented by Police Corporal Venetta Pindar, on the day in question at around 13:00 hrs police were on patrol when, at Campbell and Sussex streets Albouystown, they saw the defendant acting in a suspicious manner, heading in a westerly direction. Pindar told the court that the police vehicle stopped and when the defendant saw them he attempted to run away. However, he was apprehended and a search was conducted on his person, during which a backpack with the items in question were discovered.
In his application for bail, Allicock’s attorney stated that his client was arrested along with another individual who subsequently escaped from police custody.
The attorney stated that a few shots were also fired at the other party during his escape. He continued that at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) the police found the bag with the firearm, but it belonged to the escapee.
The attorney said the police are insinuating that the bag belongs to his client, but that isn’t the case and there are police officers who can back his story. Allicock was, however, refused bail by the magistrate and his matter transferred to Court Five for March 30.