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American to be sentenced for illegal firearm

Published:Monday | March 5, 2012

An American, who was held with a firearm in January while walking in Duhaney Park, St Andrew, pleaded guilty to illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition and is to be sentenced on March 23.

He is Joshua Anderson, 23, who arrived in the island from Texas, USA in October last year.

Anderson took the firearm with him from the USA and it is alleged that he had the firearm when he cleared customs.

The Crown is alleging that on January 2, he was seen walking in Duhaney Park with a bulge at his waist. He was stopped by the police and when searched, it was discovered that he had a firearm and 27 rounds of ammunition. He was arrested and charged.

Anderson reportedly told the police that he had a permit for the firearm in the USA but he did not know he needed a permit for the firearm while in the island .

When Anderson appeared before Justice Leighton Pusey in the Gun Court on Friday, he complained that he had issues with legal representation as some lawyers were trying to rip him off.

The judge assigned attorneys-at-law Peter Champagnie and Carolyn Chuck to represent Anderson.

barbara.gayle@gleanerjm.com