Eccles man freed on ammo charge

A mechanic yesterday had a possession of ammunition case against him dismissed after witnesses failed to turn up again.

Leon Ramroop, 30, of Lot 178 BB Eccles Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara (EBD), was charged on October 13 of last year after he was accused of having in his possession four live rounds of ammunition without being a licenced firearm holder.

He had first appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court 1 before Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry where he was remanded to prison on the charge and the matter was transferred before Magistrate Ann McLennan for trial.

Leon Ramroop
Leon Ramroop

Evidence was taken from some witnesses but during yesterday’s proceedings the other witnesses didn’t turn up and the prosecution was called upon to close its case. The magistrate afterwards ruled and Ramroop was subsequently freed of the charge.

The court had heard from defence attorney Paul Fung-A-Fat that the rounds were indeed found in Ramroop’s room but they did not belong to him. He had also noted that Ramroop gave the names of persons to whom the items belonged. The prosecution had stated that although the rounds were discovered in Ramroop’s room, he did not provide any names of the owners.

The man quickly exited the court room after the verdict.

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