Two men were convicted in the St. John’s Magistrates’ Court on gun-
possession charges, with one being fined and the other jailed.
Reports say that a fisherman, Ogdon Peters, faced a number of
charges, including traffic offences and gun and ammunition
possession. He pleaded guilty to all the charges and was convicted
and fined $9,000, which he has to pay within four months.
He was convicted and fined $4,000 for several traffic offences –
including driving a vehicle with a registration plate that was not
assigned to him; driving without a licence; driving without
insurance; and driving an unlicensed vehicle.
On the gun-possession charge, Peters has to pay $5,000, while he
was reprimanded and discharged for possession of ammunition. The
Court spared him any monetary penalty, since the ammunition
found was a spent shell.
The weapon was found at his house during the execution of a search
warrant by the Police. It is alleged that Peters tried to discard the
weapon outside his home, but officers had surrounded the house.
On the other matter, Peters told the court that he had gone to his
mechanic to retrieve his car, which had been in the shop for a while.
He claimed he had just gotten the vehicle and had not had the time
to get it registered. Hence, in a hurry to visit his baby – whom he
claimed he had not seen for some time – Peters said he had used
another license plate on his car.
The man has a previous conviction for battery.
Meanwhile, Hakeem Jeffery has been sentenced to one year in
prison for possession of a gun and ammunition.
Jeffery pleaded guilty to the charge before Chief Magistrate Joanne
Walsh on Monday, July 10.
Reports say the Police conducted an operation on the Factory Road
at about 3:37 a.m. on Saturday, July 8, in the vicinity of the
There, a white Toyota BB motorcar, A8639, was stopped and
searched. During the exercise, one 9 mm pistol and several rounds
of ammunition were found under the driver’s seat.
Reports further say that Jeffery, of Golden Grove, was the driver,
while two male passengers, Shalom Bailey of Belmont and Arisleydi
Santiago, of Grays Farm, were in the car.
They were all arrested on suspicion of unlawful possession of the
firearm and ammunition and were taken to the St. John’s Police
In court, however, Jeffery took the rap for the firearm and
He was represented by lawyer Lawrence Daniel, who told the court
that he has not been convicted of anything. However, when checks
were made, it was discovered that Jeffery has a matter in the High
Court for armed robbery.
He was committed to stand trial before a judge and jury and is
currently on High Court bail.
Reportedly, Jeffrey’s mother became very emotional after hearing
that her son was being sent to prison.