A St Lucy man today pleaded for leniency after he was caught with two illegal firearms and ammunition in his possession on March 14, 2015.
Shakeil Akeem Connell, alias Shak, of Fryers Well, Checker Hall, pleaded guilty three months ago to possession of a .22 revolver, .32 revolver and nine rounds of ammunition without the valid licences.
“It is the first time I in this position . . . in this trouble [and] I ask you to be lenient towards me,” Connell told Madam Justice Pamela Beckles, in the No.5 Supreme Court, which is temporarily being housed at Cane Garden, St Thomas.
However, Acting Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Anthony Blackman questioned why Connell had travelled from the north of the country to Oistins to attend a fete with two weapons in his possession.
“I never had intentions [for] the firearms. I was just with the wrong people who got me involved in these things and I get in trouble . . . and I up in prison,” the accused explained, adding that he had never “used a firearm”.
However, Blackman suggested that Justice Beckles should impose a custodial sentence despite Connell’s previous unblemished criminal record and the fact that he had never used the guns.
“It is unfortunate that he made that choice in a climate where there are so many illegal guns out there,” the acting DPP said before the case was adjourned for a decision later in the assizes.