A St John man Tuesday pleaded guilty in the High Court to gun and ammunition charges.
Jerome Marlon Ian Andrew Renaldo Small, of Venture #3, admitted to possession of a .45 semi-automatic pistol and two rounds of ammunition without a valid licence on May 6, 2013.
Accepting Small’s plea, Senior Crown Counsel Krystal Delaney outlined the facts of the case in the No. 5 Supreme Court.
The prosecutor revealed that police executed a search warrant at the home of a man in Venture #2, St John and found a loaded gun wrapped in a scarf in a bedroom. A then 24-year-old Small, who was at the house, was taken into police custody.
According to Delaney, the young man told police that the gun was his and that it had been given to him by another man two weeks before, with the ammunition already in it.
He also told police that the gun, which was “rusty”, was previously hidden in a bushy area in St Joseph but was later moved. However, he maintained he had never fired the weapon.
Small, who is not known to the court, is being represented by attorney Rasheed Belgrave and is currently on bail. That condition remains in place as the court awaits a pre-sentencing report which Madam Justice Jacqueline Cornelius ordered Tuesday. That report is expected on June 29.