By LR Liburd
The St. Kitts-Nevis Observer
A 24-year-old man was sentenced on Friday (Jun. 10) to serve one month at Her Majesty’s Prison for possession of an illegal firearm and possession of ammunition.
The sentence was handed down to Kylon Battice of Ponds Extension, St. Kitts, when he appeared at the Basseterre Magistrate Court before Her Worship Josephine Mallalieu-Webbe and pleaded guilty to the two charges.
The Magistrate however ordered that the time Battice spent on remand be taken into consideration and he will therefore be released from prison over the next two weeks.
According to the facts of the case, on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, officers of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force had executed a search warrant on the Ponds Extension home of the convicted man, which he shared with his two brothers – Keon Battice and Glenville Assent.
During the search, police had discovered a 9mm Beretta Pistol and a magazine with 11 matching rounds hidden in a washing machine.
The three brothers were taken into custody and charged with possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition on the following day. A few days after, however, Keon Battice and Glenville Assent were bailed to the tune of EC$5,000 each and Kylon Battice was remanded to prison.
Following his admittance to ownership of the illegal items, police withdrew the charges against his two brothers.