A St Lucy man today owned up to having two illegal firearms and ammunition in his possession on March 14, 2015.
Shakeil Akeem Connell, alias Shak, of Fryers Well, Checker Hall, pleaded guilty in the No. 5 Supreme Court to possession of a .22 revolver, .32 revolver and nine rounds of ammunition without the valid licences.
A pre sentencing report has already been ordered into Connell’s life and as such he will return before Madam Justice Pamela Beckles on May 11 to know his fate.
Plain clothes police were on patrol in Oistins on March 13, 2015 when they saw Connell, disembark a motorcar near the Southern Plaza with three other people. After the men left area the lawmen inspected the vehicle’s windshield and discovered that it had no registration disc.
According to Acting Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Anthony Blackman, the officers waited for sometime and the men subsequently returned shortly after midnight.
As they attempted to enter the vehicle the officers announced their presence, causing Connell to flee. He was however pursued by two of the officers and subsequently captured.
Asked why he was running Connell allegedly said, ‘officer I have a gun in my balls’. He was searched and the firearm found in his underwear.
A subsequent search of the vehicle also turned up another weapon in the seat behind the driver where Connell was sitting.
In a statement, the accused explained that he had armed himself with a gun after being involved in a fight with another man.
He said the man subsequently came to Checker Hall and “was shooting at people in the area . . . [and] telling people he was looking for me to shoot me.
“Since then I would always keep a gun on me whenever I have anywhere to go,” Connell said.