Parika backdam couple remanded on ammo charge

A man and his reputed wife accused of having a quantity of unlicensed ammunition in their possession were yesterday remanded to prison when they appeared before acting Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry.

The allegation against Erika Rampaul, 23, and Dhira Ramdeen, also 23, is that on April 2 they had in their possession  live rounds of ammunition without licence.

After being arraigned, the jointly charged duo pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to them at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.

Prosecutor Stephen Telford in presenting the facts of the case said that on the day in question, the police acting on certain information received went to the home of the defendants and conducted a search which unearthed the items mentioned in the charge.

The farmer and housewife who both reside at Parika Backdam were later arrested and charged.

When given a chance to speak, Ramdeen told the court that his reputed wife is innocent and knows nothing about the charge levelled against her. According to him the items along with a car were given to him to keep.

The unrepresented defendants were subsequently informed by the acting chief magistrate that they will be remanded to prison as no special circumstances were provided to the court as to why they should be admitted to bail.

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