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Court reserves judgment in Munster Road appeal

Published:Friday | December 18, 2015 | 12:00 AMBarbara Gayle

The Court of Appeal has reserved its judgment in the appeal brought by Sergeant Russell Robinson, the mastermind behind the theft of several guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition from the police armoury.

The court has indicated that it will make its decision known on February 12, 2016. It heard legal submissions on Monday and Tuesday and reserved its decision on Wednesday.

Russell is seeking to get the court to overturn his conviction and sentence. He is maintaining that he is innocent.

The policeman was found guilty in 2011 of 18 counts of illegal possession of firearms and illegal possession of 9,540 rounds of ammunition. He was sentenced to 15 years' imprisonment each on the firearm charges and 10 years' imprisonment on the ammunition charge.

The sentences are running concurrently.

The Crown had led evidence at the trial that in February 2010, Robinson was found in possession of the guns and ammunition, which belonged to the police armoury on Munster Road in Kingston where he was assigned at the time.

Robinson said in an unsworn statement from the dock that he had not been in possession of the guns and ammunition. He said it was a grand conspiracy by some members of the Police High Command to set him up.