BB-gun sentencing postponed

A man who pleaded guilty to possession of an unlicensed BB-gun has had his sentencing adjourned.

In Summary Court on Tuesday, Defence Attorney Ben Tonner advised that the matter was being reviewed by the Attorney General, Samuel Bulgin QC, and the Solicitor General, Ms Cheryll Richards.

Magistrate Grace Donalds agreed to set the matter again for 30 May.

Mr. Tonner had previously requested an adjournment because recent legislation set a minimum prison sentence of 10 years for unlicensed firearms.

In this case, the defendant pleaded guilty to possession of a Marksman Repeater .177 (4.5 millimetre) BB handgun (Caymanian Compass, 26 April).

The police firearms officer said the gun was a lethal barrelled weapon and was capable of being discharged.

The maximum penalty for firearms offences has long been 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $100,000. The law did not set out any mandatory minimum sentence.

In October 2005, the Legislative Assembly passed an amendment to the Firearms Law that makes an offender liable to the same 20 years, but subject to a minimum term of imprisonment of 10 years.

The amendment was assented to by the Acting Governor on 8 November and gazetted on 15 November.