Firearms trial put off to April

Four men charged with possession of
an unlicensed firearm have had their trial adjourned until 12 April.

The defendants are Keith Bryan
Orrett, 41; Brian Emmanuel Borden, 24; Bjorn Connery Ebanks, 25; and Keith
Rohan Montaque, 21.

Grand Court proceedings began on 16
February with the selection of a
jury that week (Caymanian Compass, 22 February).

On Thursday, 4 March, Justice
Charles Quin told jurors, “We have reached the stage where we have had a number
of legal arguments and they have been resolved.”

However, he continued, there were
now problems concerning expert witnesses from overseas who could not be in Cayman
for the next couple of weeks. As a result the trial has been adjourned until Monday,
12 April.

The judge told these jurors they
were excused attendance until then. Although they have not yet heard any
evidence, he reminded them not to discuss the case with anyone and not let
anyone approach them about it.

Details of the first count on the
indictment are that Orrett, Ebanks and Montaque were in possession of a
P-Beretta 12-gauge shotgun at a West
Bay address 4-7 April
2008 without a licence for it.

The second count charges Orrett,
Borden and Montaque with possession of a Remington model 870 12-gauge shotgun
during the same period and at the same address, also without a licence for it.

The case for the prosecution is
being conducted by Crown Counsels Tricia Hutchinson and Candia James.