Guyanese, Venezuelan boat captain face illegal gun charges
A 52-year-old Guyanese miner and a 37-year-old Venezuelan boat captain appeared before Principal Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus Monday slapped with two charges each of possessing illegal firearms and ammunition.
Chandradat Satram of Enterprise, East Coast Demerara denied the two charges which alleged that on January 17, 2019, at Mode Hole, Cuyuni River he had a 9MM Beretta pistol along with 11 rounds of matching ammunition in his possession when he is not a licensed firearm holder.
Satram was represented by Attorney-at-law Mark Conway who argued for bail on the grounds that his firearm was not found in the possession of his client.
But Police Prosecutor Quinn Harris objected to bail, noting that the firearm was found in the waist of the accused by ranks who were on patrol duties in the area.
He was remanded to prison and case was transferred to the Kamarang Magistrate’s Court for March 18, 2019.
Meanwhile, the Venezuelan boat captain, Jose Manoeiro pleaded not guilty to his two charges, which alleged that on January 17, 2019, at Eteringbang Landing, Cuyuni River, he had four live rounds of 7.62X51 ammunition and a 7.62X39 round of ammunition.
The Prosecutor said that the ammo were found inside a bag that belonged to the accused.
He too was remanded to prison until March 18 and the case was transferred to the Kamarang Magistrate’s Court.