Maryann Daby, who police say attempted to murder a police constable and had possession of an unlicensed gun and ammunition, was yesterday charged and remanded to prison.
Daby, 25, of Lot 127 D’ Aguiar Park, Houston, was brought before Principal Magistrate Judy Latchman in Georgetown, where three charges were read to her.
The first charge against Daby stated that on May 13th, at Albert Street and Thomas Lands, Georgetown, with intent to commit murder, she discharged a loaded firearm at Constable 24785 Christopher Kissoon.
The woman was not required to plead to the indictable charge.
It was also alleged that on the same date and at the same location Daby had a .32 pistol in her possession, without being a licensed firearm holder. The final charge stated that she was also in possession of six live .32 rounds without being a licensed firearm holder. She pleaded not guilty to the two firearm charges.
Police prosecutor Arvin Moore told the court that Constable Kissoon was at the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club (GMR&SC) when he heard gunshots. On checking what was taking place, Moore said the constable saw Daby. He added that when Kissoon went to speak to her, she became annoyed, put the gun to his head and squeezed the trigger. However, the weapon did not go off. Kissoon then called police and Daby was later arrested and charged.
Moore objected to bail being granted, citing the nature of the crimes.
Meanwhile, attorney Mark Waldron, who represented Daby, contended that the charges were being brought out of malice against his client.
In requesting reasonable bail for her, he noting that there was no evidence to prove that his client’s firearm was even discharged.
Waldron also told the court that Daby has been a licensed firearm holder since 2014 and had licences from that period until 2017. He sought to explain the absence of a licence for 2018 by saying that his client was awaiting an upgrade to another weapon.
Prosecutor Moore, in response, maintained his objection to bail being granted, citing that in relation to the firearm and ammunition charges, it is the responsibility of the firearm holder to ensure that the licence is in force when the weapon is being used.
Magistrate Latchman later remanded Daby to prison on all charges and adjourned the matters until May 23rd, when they are expected to be heard by the Chief Magistrate.