One year shy of officially becoming a pensioner, 64-year-old, Bent Street resident, Joseph Allen found himself before the Courts today facing illegal gun and ammunition charges.
He pleaded guilty to the charges and received a two year suspended sentence on each charge.
The elderly man appeared before the Chief Magistrate this morning and pleaded guilty to being in possession of a 9mm gun without being the holder of a firearm license and also being in possession of 11 round of ammunition.
The Court was told that the man was arrested as part of a larceny investigation. A search of his belongings revealed the gun and ammunition stashed in bag that was in his possession.
The man told the Court that he worked on a ship and the gun and ammunition actually belonged to the owner of the ship. He said he was arrested while he was on his way to take the weapon and the ammunition to the ship’s owner. He said he was unaware that he needed to be the holder of a firearm license to even transport a weapon for someone.
He told the Magistrate that he was sorry and also revealed to the Court that he is a diabetic patient and could suffer behind bars.
The Magistrate accepted the guilty plea and told him that his sentences would be suspended sentences, which means it will only be enforced if he commits another crime.