ESAN Gibson, after being found guilty of being in possession of an illegal firearm and matching ammunition, was on Friday sentenced to three years in prison by Magistrate Delon Bess. The matter was heard at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court. The court found that Gibson, on November 21, 2019, at Lot 80 Brutus Street, Agricola, East Bank Demerara, had in his possession a firearm, specifically a .380 pistol, when he was not the holder of a firearm licence in force at the time. On the same day, and at the said location, he also had in his possession three .380 live rounds of ammunition, when he was not the holder of a firearm licence in force at the time.
According to the facts, on the day in question, acting on information received, police carried out an operation in First Street, Agricola, and proceeded to Lot 80 Brutus Street, Agricola. Upon noticing the police, Gibson ran into a building, causing the police to give chase behind him. Eventually, the police discovered him hiding in a toilet, and when a search was executed on Gibson’s person, a firearm and the matching ammunition were found in his front pants waist. As a result, Gibson was arrested, told of the allegation and escorted to the Ruimveldt Police Station, where the firearm and ammunition were lodged. Gibson was charged for the offence. Magistrate Bess ordered that Gibson be sentenced to two years in prison for the firearm charge, and one year in prison for being in possession of the illegal ammunition.