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Portmore man freed of gun charge, girlfriend found guilty

Published:Tuesday | January 6, 2015 | 9:54 AM

Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

A motorist who was charged jointly with his girlfriend with illegal possession of firearm has been freed but the woman has been convicted and is to be sentenced next month.




Clothes vendor, Chance Williams, who is of Portmore, St Catherine was freed after Justice Bertram Morrison upheld submissions by attorney-at-law Everton Bird.



Bird had argued that Williams had no knowledge that a gun was in his girlfriend's bag.



Meanwhile 23-year-old student, Tabitha Thomas, also of Portmore, was convicted of illegal possession of two firearms.



One of the guns was found at the bottom of a bag which was in her lap while she was travelling in a motor vehicle driven by Williams.



The other gun was found under a bed in her room.



The police testified in the Gun Court that on March 12, 2013 they were on patrol duty when they saw a motorcar go through a red light on Hagley Park Road, Kingston.



They say the car was stopped and they saw the two accused.



A policewoman had testified that she saw movements which seemed as if the driver was handing something to the passenger.



Under cross-examination by Bird, the witness admitted that the windows of the motorcar were up and were heavily tinted.



Bird suggested to the witnesses that they could not see inside the motorcar.



In an unsworn statement, Thomas said she was not the only person who had access to the room in which the gun was found.



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