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Appeals Court frees St James man of gun charges

Published:Wednesday | December 31, 2014 | 9:56 AM

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Court of Appeal has freed a St James man who was convicted of illegal possession of a firearm and sentenced to seven years' imprisonment.

Stevon Reece, of Liliput, St James, was accused of holding up a policeman at gunpoint in April 2011.

He was charged with robbery with aggravation and illegal possession of a firearm.

At the trial in the Western Regional Gun Court, the judge found that Reece was not guilty of robbery with aggravation or attempted robbery.

However, Reece was found guilty of illegal possession of a firearm.

The policeman told the court that he was sitting in his motorcar near a football field when Reece, who was armed with a gun, came up and ordered him to hand over what he had.

The policeman said he threw out his clothes and his wallet and then fired shots at Reece.

Reece, who was shot and injured, was taken to hospital where he was admitted.

Reece denied committing the offence.

He told the court that he asked the policeman to turn-off the bright light from his motorcar and the cop shot him.

Queen's Counsel Delano Harrison, who represented Reece on appeal, argued that his client should be freed based on the fact that the judge found that Reece did not commit any robbery and that no gun or any object resembling a gun was recovered at the scene.

In upholding the submission, the Court of Appeal said there was no legal basis on which to convict Reece of illegal possession of firearm.

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