Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards has ordered the immediate remand of Selvin Chinnery, following the offender’s guilty plead to gun and ammo charges.
The 45-year-old, who was charged with possession of three point-22 rounds of ammunition and carrying an unlicensed firearm, answered to the charges in a Tortola court yesterday, May 9.
“In light of his guilty plea, he is going to be remanded,” the senior magistrate said.
According to the prosecution, police discovered the weapon while they responded to a domestic matter just over a year ago.
Reports are that, on April 12 last year, the law enforcers were called to Chinnery’s Jost Van Dyke residence, which was occupied by him and his wife.
The law enforcers searched the premises and discovered a grey case, which was concealed under a galvanized sheet outside the home.
An unloaded pistol was reportedly found inside the case. The court heard that the weapon had started to corrode.
When cautioned in relation to the find, Chinnery reportedly told the police: “I know the person who kept it there.”
He was arrested.
During a police interview, Chinnery reportedly admitted that he was the owner of the weapon.
He is scheduled to return to the Magistrate’s Court today, when his attorney Marie-Lou Creque will offer mitigation on his behalf.
Meanwhile, Chinnery is no stranger to the court.
In the year 2013, Magistrate Richards sentenced him to six months imprisonment after he discharged a nail gun in the direction of another man with whom he had a dispute. He had been charged with being armed with an offensive weapon.
Earlier, in 2011, Chinnery was hauled before the court for killing his brother’s dog with an unlicensed rifle. The magistrate at the time, Charmaine Rosan Bunbury, ordered him to pay $3,000 or spend six months in prison for the illegal rifle, and $500 or three months for the ammunition.
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