One pleads guilty, the other 5 remanded to prison to await DPP directive
Five out of six men whom police charged with possession of a prohibited firearm and ammunition, and a prohibited extended clip, pleaded not guilty when they were arraigned before Magistrate Dale Cayetano.
Magistrate Cayetano sentenced Alrick Lamb, 18, a laborer of 18 Fabers Road, to 15 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to the three firearm charges.
Lamb was charged along with Jihadul Gill, 18, who is unemployed; Everald Gray, 29, a laborer; Richard Smith Jr., 34, a security guard; Arthur Hill, 18, a fisherman; and Delbert Alvarez, 18, a laborer.
Lamb was sentenced to five years imprisonment for being in possession of a prohibited .45 pistol; five years for the seven .45 rounds and five years for the prohibited magazine.
Cayetano stipulated that his sentences are to run concurrently. This means that Lamb will only serve five years in prison.
The men were represented by attorney Bryan Neal, who asked the court to drop the charges against the remaining five accused.
The court prosecutor, however, indicated that he would have to first get permission from the Director of Public Prosecutions before the charges could be withdrawn against the other accused, who pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Magistrate Cayetano remanded the five to prison, while the court awaits the decision of the DPP.
The incident occurred on Friday, January 17, around 10:45 p.m., when a Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) patrol vehicle spotted a red Ford F150 pickup truck entering Belize City from off the Philip Goldson Highway.
Detective Constable Ian Galvez observed that the pickup truck, which was travelling in front of his patrol vehicle, did not have on any license plates.
When the police vehicle and the pickup truck reached Central American Boulevard, the driver of the police vehicle switched on his flashing light atop the vehicle, indicating to the driver of the pickup truck to pull over. But according to police, the driver did not stop until he reached Peter Seco Street.
After the pickup truck stopped, police searched all the men, but nothing incriminating was discovered. The officers then decided to search the vehicle.
The police officers did not have to search very far to find something incriminating inside the vehicle. Right on the floor, near the driver’s side, police found a .45 pistol which was loaded with seven rounds that were inside a prohibited magazine.