A Mesopotamia man was on Monday jailed for possession of a .32 revolver without a licence in Kingstown last Satuday, the day on which Junior Carnival was held in the city.
The man, Jessie Ashton, 20, who had committed his first offence, told Chief Magistrate Rechanne Browne at the Serious Offences Court that he lives alone and he dropped out of school at form 2.
Last Saturday, police officers found Ashton at Heritage Square with the revolver, which he said he had found at Subway.
Ashton pleaded guilty to a charge that on July 1, at Heritage Square, he had in his possession one .32 revolver, make and serial number unknown, without a license issued under the Firearms Act.
The court heard that about 4:55 p.m., police constables 1033 Nigel Hadaway and 1114 Roberts were on foot patrol duties about Kingstown during Junior Carnival.
While at Heritage Square, Hadaway observed a young man with a transparent plastic bag with what appeared to be cannabis.
Both officers approached the man, identified themselves and requested a search of his person.
Ashton, who was standing closest to the individual, attempted to run but Roberts grabbed onto the defendant, resulting in both men falling to the ground.
Hadaway assisted both men, and saw the defendant with a black, Nike bag. The officer searched the bag in the presence of Ashton and Roberts and found the revolver inside.
When cautioned Ashton told Hadaway, “Officer, I find that up Subway but you find it on me so I would do the time for it.”
The magistrate sentenced Ashton to three years and six months at His Majesty’s prison.