Police have charged an East End man who allegedly claimed that the gun which was used in the attempted abduction at Chalwell Marina back in August belonged to him.
K’vawn Choucoutou is charged for unlawful possession of an unlicensed Hi-Point calibre pistol, as well as unlawful possession of four .45 ammunition and two Winchester live cartridges of ammunition without a valid permit.
Choucoutou allegedly had the gun and ammunition between December 1, 2017, to August 4, 2018.
The accused man did not enter a plea when he appeared before Magistrate Shawn Innocent on Tuesday, October 23.
The court heard that police apprehended two male suspects who allegedly had the aforementioned gun during an attempted abduction at the Chalwell Marina in East End on August 4.
Prosecutors told the court that police then conducted investigations into the firearm and found that Choucoutou allegedly provided the weapon to the attempted abduction suspects.
As a result, police executed a search warrant on Choucoutou’s premises on October 19 but nothing pertaining to the crime was found. He was however arrested on suspicion of the offences for which he is now charged.
During a subsequent police interview, Choucoutou allegedly denied being part of the attempted abduction but admitted to being the owner of the gun.
He reportedly told police someone attempted to rob him with the same gun in December last year but he managed to take the gun away.
The court heard that he and two other persons allegedly has had possession of the illegal weapon since then.
When showed a photo of the firearm in question, Choucoutou allegedly identified it by ‘familiar’ scratch markings on the top, the court heard.
A bail application was not made for Choucoutou during his court appearance on Tuesday. This is said to be because the Magistrate’s Court has no jurisdiction over the matter. As such, Choucoutou’s attorney Valerie Stephens-Gordon will have to make the application in the High Court.
The accused will return to court on November 5.
Alanah Chalwell, Nyall Giovanni George and Daren Fahie – who appeared before the court on previous occasions – are jointly charged in connection to the same August 4 incident.
They were charged with attempted abduction with intent, unlawful possession of a firearm with intent to commit an offence, unlawful possession of ammunition, and obliterating or defacing identifying marks on a firearm.
Chalwell’s nephew, who is a boat captain, is said to be the target.
He was pounced upon at the Chalwell marina when he returned from his weekly trip from Anegada on the day in question.
Despite being held at gunpoint, he fought back and was rescued with help from family and crew members.
They are all on remand and is scheduled to return to court on October 25.
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