Media personality Ramoamasagana ‘Masa’ Pemberton will spend two years in prison for gun and ammunition offences.
Pemberton was sentenced in the make-shift courtroom at Road Town Police Station this morning.
Magistrate Ayanna Baptiste-DaBreo ordered Pemberton to serve two years in prison for keeping an unlicensed firearm, as well as a three-year suspended sentence for the said offence.
That effectively means that Pemberton will be released after two years and will only serve the additional three years in prison if he commits another offence within three years of being released.
Magistrate DaBreo then sentenced Pemberton to six months imprisonment for possession of ammunition. The magistrate ruled that Pemberton should serve the sentences at the same time (concurrently).
According to the territory’s updated gun laws, keeping an unlicensed firearm carries a minimum penalty of five years imprisonment or a $50,000 fine.
But while handing down the sentence this morning, Magistrate Ayanna Baptiste DaBreo said she went below the minimum because of the “peculiar circumstances” in Pemberton’s case.
Pemberton, who is being represented by attorney Patrick Thompson, had claimed that he found the gun hidden near his Purcell Estate residence on an evening when he was parking a motor scooter.
He added that he stumbled upon the weapon while clearing some debris to make room for the two-wheeled vehicle.
He said the weapon was in a closed silver case so he examined it. He further said he touched the case and its contents while doing the examination.
The gun offender claimed that he didn’t report the gun-find because he did not want his name mentioned in the media. He said he was also afraid of falling victim to the persons who actually hid the gun.
In the meantime, Pemberton is also before the court for another offence – obscene publication.
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