The Table Hill Gordon, Liberta, man who was found with an illegal gun and ammunition on Wednesday, July 20, has been convicted and fined $30,000.
Mahaja Henry, 24, was arrested and charged by the Police for unlawful possession of one High Point (C9) 9mm Luger firearm and unlawful possession of nine rounds of corresponding ammunition.
Henry appeared before Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh in the St. John’s Magistrates’ Court on Friday, July 22, and was fined $20,000 for the firearm and $10,000 for the ammunition possession.
He was ordered to pay $3,000 of the overall sum forthwith and the balance by January 31, 2023, or he will serve an 18-month prison sentence.
Henry has committed to pay $2,000 every month until the sum is paid in full.
The Court heard that the gun is brand new, with top-of-the-line specs, and Henry claims to have found it in some bushes.
Officers were on patrol on Armstrong Road on the day in question, when they observed Henry acting in a suspicious manner.
He was approached, stopped and searched, and the weapon and matching rounds of ammunition were found in a waist bag he had slung across his chest.
Reports are that he also had a bag with clothes in his possession.
He was represented in Court by Michael Archibald
Meanwhile, the two men Parham men charged with attempted murder in connection with an armed robbery and shooting last Friday, July 15, have been remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison.
The duo – Irannie Grant, 25 and 20-year-old Neil Mitchell – made their first court appearance on Friday, July 22, before Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh.
They were arrested and jointly charged for shooting Claudette Edwards, 57, also of Parham.
The men allegedly robbed the woman’s superette and, in the process, shot and injured her after she allegedly put up a fight.
Michael Archibald also represented the duo.
A third man, Jaquan Teague, is being sought by the Police in connection with the same incident. He is being encouraged to surrender at any police station immediately.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to alert the Parham Police Station at 463-2020 or the Criminal Investigations Department at 462-3913.