A Long Look man was granted $50,000 bail with one signed surety when he appeared before Magistrate Christilyn Benjamin for gun-related charges recently.
Charged with unlawful possession of explosives and carrying a firearm without a license is 33-year-old Kavarne Richards, the youngest brother of Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards.
The accused man had pleaded not guilty to the offence during his previous appearance before the court.
What the court heard happened
The court heard that on December 28, 2019, a member of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) dressed in civilian clothing was socialising at Bouncer’s Bar in Paraquita Bay where the accused man was employed.
While there, the officer allegedly noticed a bulge on the accused man’s waist. He suspected that bulge to be a concealed firearm.
The court further heard that the officer requested backup from the RVIPF before he approached Richards about his suspicions.
Richards was subsequently accosted by police, the firearm was confiscated, and the accused man was arrested and charged.
The weapon was reportedly loaded with seven rounds of live ammunition in a Glock .40 calibre magazine.
The court heard that after he was cautioned by the police, Richards allegedly said the firearm was for his protection. However, the accused man later denied uttering those words to the police.
He was represented by Carmelita Jameison of Maximea and Co law chambers.
His matter was adjourned to March 17.
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