The case against Acting Senior Superintendent of Police John Mark Annel, who is accused of committing six offences under the Firearms Act, has been adjourned until March 1 next year.
The 56-year-old of Kenrick Hutson Drive, Lucas Street, St Philip made his second appearance in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court today, after he was charged last month with having 100 rounds of ammunition in his possession on September 20 without a valid licence.
It is also alleged that on August 31, September 3, September 9 and September 20, Annel, being a high-ranking member of the Royal Barbados Police Force, engaged in willful misconduct which amounted to a breach of public trust by joining the Barbados Rifle and Pistol Federation Inc under the status of a police officer, purchasing 100 rounds of ammunition to be expended on that day at the federation’s range at Waterford, and removing the ammunition from the range without expending it.
He is also accused of committing a similar offence on August 3, this time with 150 rounds of ammunition.
During his first court appearance on September 25, he was not required to plead to the indictable offences and was given an automatic 28 days on remand at HMP Dodds.
However, a quick move by his attorneys Sir Richard Cheltenham and Shelly-Ann Seecharan to the Supreme Court saved Annel from spending any of that time at the St Philip institution.
He remains on $150,000 bail.