Church St man charged after cops seize AR-15 rifle

-bulletproof vest, handcuffs also found in bust

The bulletproof vest that was found by the police on Thursday (Guyana Police Force photo)

A man was yesterday charged with the possession of an unlicensed AR-15 rifle, which police seized during an operation in the city on Thursday afternoon.

David Nelson, 52, of 199 B Church Street, South Cummingsburg, denied the charge that on November 9, at Georgetown, he had the Palmetto .32 calibre rifle, without being the holder of a firearm licence.

Although police, in a statement on the bust yesterday, noted that the man was a licensed firearm holder, he was not licensed to have possession of the rifle.

The firearm that was found by the police (Guyana Police Force photo)

During Nelson’s arraignment in a Georgetown court, Police Prosecutor Suraj Singh objected to bail being granted. Singh informed the court that based on information received, the police went to Quamina Street, where they searched Nelson’s vehicle and found the weapon. He was the driver of the vehicle at the time.

Attorney Adrian Thompson, who represented the accused, told the court that his client was the holder of a firearm licence for another weapon. He claimed that the rifle did not belong to Nelson but to a second occupant of the vehicle.

Having heard both the prosecutor and the attorney, Magistrate Leron Daly remanded the accused to prison and adjourned the matter.

Meanwhile, the police statement said that in addition to the rifle with a magazine, a bulletproof vest and a pair of handcuffs were removed from the car.

 

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