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Judge visits St Thomas site where men on gun charges drove into the sea

Published:Wednesday | January 6, 2016 | 1:02 PM
- Photo via Twitter. The Mitsubishi Pajero that ended up in the sea after the driver was chased by the police in St Thomas.

A judge today visited the scene where two St Thomas men were reported to have driven into the sea in an attempt to evade the police.

The judge decided to go to the scene after hearing a submission from attorney at law Hensley Williams today in the St Thomas Circuit Court.

Williams, who is representing the two men — Rameish Simpson and his cousin Richard — argued that the men did not try to elude the police.

He told the court that the brakes on the car were not working properly and the vehicle experienced difficulties which caused it to run off the road and end up in the sea.

Up to late Thursday afternoon, the parties were still at the site.

It is believed that the judge will decide on the next step after viewing the scene.

Both men, who are making their first court appearance today, are charged with illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

It is reported that last month a police team was patrolling the Grants Pen main road in St Thomas when they signalled the driver of a Mitsubishi Pajero to stop.

The driver reportedly disobeyed and diverted on to Fish House Lane in the community

The police pursued the Pajero and the driver drove the vehicle about 300 metres into the sea.

The police say an illegal Uzi submachine firearm and 16 rounds of ammunition were found and the Mitsubishi Pajero had to be pulled from the sea.

The driver and an occupant were taken into custody.