Freeman takes 11 years on multiple charges

By Monique Washington

At the conclusion of the March 27 trial Dwayne Freeman found himself in – accompanied by his sister, Natasha Rawlins, and his girlfriend, Watisha Browne – Freeman threw himself at the mercy of the magistrate court in Nevis.

In February, the trio – charged in July of last year with possession of cannabis, possession of cannabis with intent to supply, smuggling a firearm into the federation, possession of ammunition, and possession with a firearm – pleaded not guilty to all charges. They were represented by attorney Natasha Grey.

At the conclusion of the case, Magistrate Yasmine Clarke asked Grey if any of her clients would like to change their pleas. After a lengthy discussion, Grey asked the court to read the charges to Freeman again. Freeman pleaded guilty to all the charges at that time.

Magistrate Clarke told the defendants that she was satisfied with the Crown’s evidence and was prepared to send all accused to prison.

Freeman was given six months in prison for possession of cannabis with intent to supply, no sentence for possession of cannabis, two years for smuggling a firearm, four years for possession of ammunition, and five years for possession of a firearm. The sentences are to run concurrent.

More to this story in this week’s paper.