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Man with small arsenal imprisoned for over 9 years; fined

Shakeel Pondt

Shakeel Pondt has been fined more than $9,000 and sentenced to nine years and eight months in prison for keeping three illegal guns, 99 rounds of ammunition, and more than three kilos of drugs.

Magistrate Ayanna Baptiste-DaBreo handed down the sentence yesterday, January 15.

Magistrate DaBreo sentenced Pondt to a total of seven years for the three gun offences. Pondt was also sentenced to six months in prison and fined $500 for the ammunition offence.

The magistrate ordered that the gun and ammunition sentences run concurrently (at the same time). However, if Pondt does not pay the $500 fine, he will serve an additional two months behind bars.

Pondt will also serve a total of two years and eight months for the drug offences.

Magistrate DaBreo further slapped the offender with a $9,240-fine in relation to the drugs. He will spend an extra six months at Her Majesty’s Prison if he does not pay the fine by July 15 this year.

The 31-year-old offender had pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of explosives, possession of 3.34 grams cocaine, possession 207 grams of cannabis, three counts of keeping an unlicensed firearm, and two counts of possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply to another when he appeared before the Magistrate’s Court last month.

What happened

The Prosecution reported that on September 10 last year, police and members of the UK military were on foot patrol while enforcing the 6pm to 6am curfew that had been imposed across the territory.

While near Treasure Isle Hotel on the Sir Francis Drake Highway, they stopped a vehicle being driven by Pondt.

During a routine search, the law enforcers recovered a black handgun from the offender’s waist and a loaded magazine in his vehicle.

Pondt was subsequently arrested.

House searched

Law enforcers then visited the offender’s Josiah’s Bay residence later that night with a search warrant.

While acknowledging the warrant, Pondt admitted to having two additional guns, more ammunition, and drugs at the residence.

Law enforcers subsequently recovered a box with the two guns and a large quantity of ammo from his bedroom.

A further search of the bedroom uncovered both the cocaine and a relatively large quantity marijuana.

Pondt had claimed in court that he had found the drugs and ammunition.

He further claimed that he kept the weapons for ‘protection’.


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  1. SMH says:

    Only 9 years wow for 3 guns plus ammo

  2. Watch the friends you keep says:

    This was all a set up now them on the street bragging you got a phone call asking way you at saying them was looking for you just to see way you was your own friend medi set you up with the police and them bragging on the street smh hope you don’t watch he and who called you as friends no more you going be out of this soon one love dawg

  3. Good call says:

    9 years sounds a little lite, we dont need these offenders out on the street. Enjoy prison food.

  4. Ting to talk says:

    Let this be an example for those others who believe that kinda life. I see wa mr Bransan son Mr. see it clear keep talking about. Now dis youngster have to spend nice years doing nothing when he could have been doing something else smh

  5. citizen says:

    bring back redhead 9 years is a joke

  6. Watch the friends ya keep big dawg says:

    Ya same friends wa ya thing was ya friends set ya that phone call you got to find out way ya was that was a set up n them samw punk nigga bragging cause ya behind bars n them was jealous ya was on the sea making it n them saying the same friend ah yours wa you use to have up and down behind ya is wa set ya up we use to warn ya about that nigga many time u pass on the block and hail is up we talk to ya and look now hr set ya up smh

    • Dragon says:

      What the he– are you trying to say ????

    • Say it to he face nah! says:

      Where were u When Scooby get jam up ? Where were u when Scooby got rubbed months before? Where were u when medi was up to bat for Scooby? Where were u when scooby sat in the police vechile while police raided medi’s apt when he got caught up the same night. Clown dudes! If you were paying attention Scooby rat on he f—ing self ….. check it out 3kilos an 3firearms =9 years where?…… ur a fool get ur facts str8

  7. Gumption.Official says:

    I don’t support or condemn the chosen lifestyle for it only cause pain that can be avoided. However I’m asking the lord to guide you and help you -but you must be willing to help him do it. As long as you have life, God ain’t done with you yet. I’m looking forward in inspiring our youths to make a different choice.

  8. Hmmmmmm!! says:

    But them want to rip people off for weed????
    BVI government needs a lot of help!!!

  9. The truth says:

    play the game bear the pain..its a game full of cat and rat.

  10. Buddy old pal says:

    See ya soon big bro

  11. Many says:

    saw the budding and subsequent diversionary behaviors from youth, but failed either to address them thoroughly or blamed others instead.

  12. Yea right says:

    Set up when where how? Where was he going at 8 in the night knowing that curfew in place and with a loaded strap? He just happened to be at the wrong place definitely at the wrong time. Don’t seem like no set up to me

  13. Mark says:

    Thank God we live in the BVI. Some think its a game snitching and joking about it.

  14. Anonymous says:

    God knows best.He is safe now, no need for all the talk about who setup who.All we will do now is pray for him and his family.

  15. Ito says:

    All I can say if y’all know who snitching why is he still roaming VG streets

  16. Elder J says:

    People choose life, seek God and serve him. Shakeel use your incarceration to discourage others from a life of crime.

  17. Hmm says:

    Well this is sad but everyone around him was Fake. Then the ones who tired to talk him and actually be there for him is who he ignored. All he can do now is just do his time and learn from his mistakes. I feel sorry for his kids because he’s actually a great father. Keep your head up n let this be a lesson to mind who you keep around u

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