Freeman St. man remanded on gun, ammo charge

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Colwin Mercurius

A 27-year-old shopkeeper was remanded to prison by Senior Magistrate Leron Daly on gun and ammunition charges.

Colwin Mercurius, of Freeman Street, East La Penitence, was arraigned before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court, and pleaded not guilty to the two charges.

According to the particulars of the first charge, Mercurius, while at East La Penitence on June 12, 2019, reportedly had a .32 Taurus pistol in his possession when he was not a licensed firearm holder. The second charge alleged that on the same day in question, Mercurius had eight live rounds of .32 ammunition in his possession when he was not a licensed firearm holder.

His attorney, George Thomas, made an application for bail. On behalf of his client, Thomas told the court that the firearm was found at the back of a yard where several men were present at the time. However, Police Prosecutor Sanj Singh refuted the attorney’s claim, and told the court that the firearm was found in Mercurius’ crotch.

Singh objected to bail being granted to Mercurius, and informed the court the same firearm was stolen from a man during a robbery on April 6, 2019.

Magistrate Daly remanded Mercurius to prison until July 19, 2019.