Sun | Dec 17, 2017

St Thomas taxi operator granted $1 million bail on gun, ammo charges

Published:Wednesday | November 15, 2017 | 6:45 PM

Thirty-one-year-old taxi operator Kerron Brown of Retreat, St Thomas has been granted bail in the sum of $1 million on charges of illegal possession of a firearm and 100 rounds of ammunition.

The prosecution had opposed bail but attorney-at-law Hensley Williams strongly objected to the reasons given.

Williams asked the St Thomas parish judge to inspect the motor vehicle from which the police alleged that a shootout had taken place.

The court agreed and when the vehicle was inspected at the Morant Bay Police Station, Williams pointed out that most of the bullet holes were to the front of the vehicle.

Williams submitted that it was unlikely from the bullet holes that there was a shoot-out.

Williams said his instructions were that the motorcar was parked outside a garage and it was shot up in error for a similar car that the police were chasing.

It is being alleged that on October 19 this year, the police received a report that the Brown and another man were engaged in a gun business.

The police went to Retreat where Brown was allegedly seen talking to another motorist.

The Crown is alleging that Brown went in his motorcar and drove away.

It further claims that the police gave chase and there was a shootout.

It is also alleged that during the chase, a blue bag was thrown from the vehicle and then Brown fled.

The police picked up the bag and found a firearm and 100 rounds of ammunition in the bag.

When the car was searched, the police allegedly found two rounds of ammunition on the floor by the driver's side.

Brown was subsequently arrested and charged.

One of the conditions of Brown's bail is that he is to report daily to the Morant Bay Police Station.

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