He has been on remand for the past 824 days and in another six weeks Ian MacDonald Birkett will know if he will gain his freedom or remain behind bars.
The 41-year-old from 2B Wotton, Christ Church pleaded guilty in July this year to possession of a .45 revolver and six rounds of ammunition.
When his case came up for hearing before Madam Justice Michelle Weekes in the No. 2 Supreme Court today, Birkett’s attorney Rasheed Belgrave called two character witnesses, Rosemary Alleyne and her daughter, Toni.
The court heard that the two had known Birkett for between four and five years, as he had been employed to work in and around their home.
They described Birkett as an easy going but hard working individual and said they were shocked by the charges against him.
Birkett also addressed the judge today and apologized to the court and Barbadians for his “mistake”.
“I was shortsighted in seeing how this mistake would affect my life till it was too late. I know that society would not let me forget this mistake that I made and I cannot blame them for that. All I ask is for a chance,” he read from a sheet of paper.
Birkett promised to do good things, including starting his own business, if given that chance.
“I hope Your Honour can find in your heart to be lenient and have mercy on me and give me a chance to prove myself. I am truly sorry for this mistake,” he added.
Meantime, in his mitigation, Belgrave urged the court to impose a sentence of time served on his client because he did not waste the court’s time and had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity. He further noted that Brikett had no prior convictions or pending charges before the court.
“He is remorseful . . . and wishes to put the mistake behind him. He is a person who is hard working. [Although] he does not have a nine to five job, he finds something to do; [he does] not engage in activities that are menacing to society,” Belgrave argued.
Crown Counsel Oliver Thomas agreed that, in this case, time served would be sufficient.
Birkett returns to court on November 22 for sentencing.