A man held with a firearm that was loaded with two rounds of ammunition is claiming he was unaware of the possible ramifications of his actions.
Twenty-two-year-old Jamori Hart pleaded guilty to keeping an unlicensed firearm and possession of explosives when he appeared before Magistrate Giselle Jackman-Lumy recently.
He told the court he stumbled upon the gun and bullets after the catastrophic weather events last year.
“I’m not a young man of troubles, I do not get into problems at all,” he told the court on Monday.
“We all make mistakes … we are not perfect,” he added.
The Prosecution’s case
It is reported that the weapon was found in Hart’s Parham Town residence during a recent police search operation on August 2.
The court was told the gun had one bullet in the magazine cartridge and the other in the breech of the firearm – the chamber where a bullet goes to get fired.
Police also found eight additional bullets in a ziplock bag at Hart ’s residence.
He was subsequently arrested and charged.
Hart claimed he had no intentions of using the deadly weapon, though a bullet was already in the gun’s breech.
He will return for sentencing on August 24.
Under the BVI’s gun laws, a person found with a firearm is liable to a minimum term of five years imprisonment.
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