Man charged for bullet-proof vest

Donnovan Joshua Petterson, 36, appeared in Summary Court on Wednesday, 24 December, charged with possession of a bullet-proof vest.

According to details of the charge, he had the vest in his Eastern Avenue residence on Sunday, 21 December.

Crown Counsel Alistair Cumming asked that Petterson be remanded in custody so that police could further investigate the origin of items recovered.

Petterson asked Magistrate Grace Donalds for bail. He held up his left arm and said ‘I have some wounds and they are getting infected.’ Nothing obvious was seen, as he was wearing a long-sleeved shirt.

The magistrate asked if Petterson had been to visit the hospital of if he had asked for medical attention.

‘You can’t communicate with the family or nothing,’ he replied, referring to his detention at the George Town Police Station.

The magistrate said she was not minded to grant him bail, but surely arrangements could be made for him to receive medical care.

Petterson said ‘You can’t complain down there,’ referring again to the police station. Someone who complains gets sprayed, he alleged. ‘I can’t manage that.’

The magistrate remanded him to Northward Prison and directed he be brought back to court on Tuesday, 6 January.

A 2005 amendment to the Firearms Law makes it illegal to have a bullet-proof vest without permission from the Commissioner of Police.

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