Charlestown teen gets bail on ammo charge

A 17-year-old was yesterday granted his release on $10,000 bail after he denied a charge that he had possession of three live rounds of ammunition.

The charge against Renardo Morgan, of Charlestown, states that on June 9th, at Lombard Street, he had in his possession three live rounds of .32 ammunition without being the holder of a firearm licence.

Morgan pleaded not guilty after the charge was read to him by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.

According to Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield, on the day in question, police observed Morgan standing on the roadway, acting in a suspicious manner. As a result, ranks approached him and conducted a search of his person, which led to the discovery of three rounds of .32 ammunition in his left hand in a $100 note. Mansfield stated that the accused was cautioned and when told of the offence remained silent.

The prosecutor objected to bail being granted since no special reason was presented to the court. However, Chief Magistrate McLennan granted the accused $10,000 bail with the conditions that he seek counselling from a probation officer and that he report to the Ruimveldt Police Station every Friday.

The matter was then transferred to the court of Magistrate Leron Daly and adjourned until June 29th.

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