The illegal firearm for which Kittitian Malachi Maliki Haile Mugabe was charged six years ago, was discovered in a false bottom of his blue metal toolbox.
That was the testimony given by customs officer Davidson Bynoe and customs guard Alvere Cumberbatch in the No.5 Supreme Court today as the gun and ammunition case against Mugabe continued before Madam Justice Pamela Beckles.
Cumberbatch told the jury he was working the 8 a.m. to 3p.m. shift on December 16, 2012 when he was summoned to the holding area by an airline representative at the Grantley Adams International Airport.
He then escorted Mugabe to the customs office where Bynoe examined the toolbox.
According to Bynoe when the toolbox was first examined “everything looked okay” but on closer inspection he found that “it had two bottoms” and when the item was scanned further he saw what appeared to be a weapon and ammunition.
The customs officer said he tried to open the false bottom of the toolbox with a chisel and a hammer but it did not work, so his next option was an angle grinder.
When the toolbox was cut open, 59 bullets, a magazine, two firearm covers and a firearm were discovered in “Ziploc bags, foil paper and tape”.
Cumberbatch corroborated Bynoe’s testimony.
Under cross examination by Mugabe’s attorney Safiyah Moore, both Bynoe and Cumberbatch said they neither recalled the accused saying that he borrowed “the tool box from a man in Trinidad” nor asking for an attorney.
However, they said the items were handed over to police.
Senior Crown Counsel Krystal Delaney closed the prosecution’s case following those testimonies.