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Kimanie Joe Bencito Bramble

The accused: Kimanie Joe, left, and Bencito Bramble.

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Two men appeared at the Serious Offences Court in Kingstown on Monday charged with possession of guns and ammunition, allegedly netted in separate and unrelated police operations this month.

Kimanie Joe, a 29-year-old labourer of Stubbs, was arrested on Sunday and charged with having in his possession one .357 magnum Smith and Wesson revolver at Campden Park, without a license issued under the Firearms Act.
He was further charged that on the same date and at the same place, he had in his possession six rounds of .38 special ammunition, without a license issued under the Firearms Act, at Campden Park.

Joe pleaded not guilty to both charges during his arraignment before Chief Magistrate Rechanne Browne-Matthias.

He was granted EC$15,000 bail with one surety and was ordered to report to the Central Police Station between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

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The chief magistrate also ordered the accused man to surrender all his travel documents and to seek the permission of the court to leave the state.

She also ordered that stop notices be placed at ports of entry and exit, preventing the accused man from leaving the state.

He returns to court on Oct. 9, 2017 for trial.

Also appearing on gun and ammo charges at the same court on Monday was Bencito Bramble, a 37-year-old labourer of New Montrose.

He was arrested on Friday, Sept. 15, and charged that on Sept. 1, 2017 at New Montrose, he had in his possession a homemade firearm; had in his possession two rounds of .38 ammunition; had in his possession one round of .22 ammunition; and had in his possession two rounds of 12 gauge ammunition, without a license issued under the firearms Act.

Bramble pleaded not guilty to all charges and was granted EC$20,000 bail with one surety.

The court imposed on him the same bail conditions and set his trial date for Oct. 9, 2017.