Kenny Christopher Jno. Baptiste Fined $7000 on the Charge of Possession of a Firearm

firearm“Your Honour, My client is a painter and his last conviction was in the year 2000. He cooperated very well with the police and realized he made a mistake.”

These were the words of Attorney Wayne Norde, while pleading for a non-custodial sentence during mitigation at the Roseau Magistrate’s Court on Monday March 11th, for his client who was slapped with two serious offences, which he pleaded guilty to.

According to the facts of the case, read by Police Prosecutor Inspector Claude Weekes, on Friday March 8th at 9am, police officers performed a search warrant on the home of 27 year old Kenny Christopher Jno. Baptiste of Cork Street.

During that search, a Glock 17 9 millimeter semi-automatic pistol and 13 live rounds of 9 millimeter ammunition was found.

When questioned about whether he owns a license for the pistol and ammunition, Mr. Jno. Baptiste said he does not.

In further questioning, he revealed that the gun came from Guadeloupe and he bought it from someone in Dominica. He was then cautioned and arrested.

The prosecutor indicated to the Court that, there is no record of Mr. Jno. Baptiste applying for a firearm license.

Before handing down the sentence, Magistrate Evelina Baptiste stated she will treat Mr. Jno. Baptiste as a first time offender, as his previous conviction was in the year 2000 where he was a minor.

He was then fined $7000 on the charge of possession of a firearm, which is to be paid by July 31st 2013 or sentenced to one year imprisonment.

There was no separate penalty for the charge of possession of ammunition.

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