St Michael resident Shamar Dajohn Ramon Moseley has taken responsibility for gun and ammunition found in his possession last year.
Moseley, of Reece Land, Brittons Hill, St Michael, pleaded guilty before Magistrate Laurie-Ann Smith- Bovell to possession of a .32 short calibre revolver without a valid licence as well as five round of ammunition, on May 12, 2020. He also accepted that he had a further six rounds of ammunition without a valid licence on May 13, 2020.
Moseley told police during the investigations that he had found the illegal gun and the bullets and his intention was to turn the firearm over to police.
“I had the intention to [take it in] but somebody tried to break into my house and stuff and I decided to keep it,” he said then.
In her submissions on sentencing, Crown Counsel Danielle Mottley said the mitigating features of the offences outweighed the aggravating factors.
It is for that reason, she submitted, that a fine could be imposed on the first time offender instead of a custodial sentence.
The prosecutor said if Moseley was unable to pay the amount a starting sentence of seven years in prison should be imposed. She said the convict should be credited with a one-third discount for his early guilty plea and the time he had spent on remand.
In his sentencing submissions, attorney-at-law Andrew Pilgrim Q.C. pointed out that his client had already spent 14 months in prison.
He urged the court to be as “lenient” as possible since Moseley has no prior convictions or pending matters before the court. “He is not a true gunman because he walking around with an unloaded firearm,” the defence attorney said.
Moseley also addressed the No. 4 Supreme Court and told Justice Smith-Bovell: “I am very sorry for the offence I have committed. I would like the court to be lenient on me.”
He will reappear before the High Court judge on Friday.