Judge finds no exceptional circumstances
Justice Charles Quin said he found no exceptional circumstances that could justify departing from the mandatory minimum sentence required by law.
Powell told authorities that he found the gun when he was working as a CUC linesman in the Prospect area and went into the bushes to relieve himself. He left it in place, but went back that night and took it, subsequently hiding it in his bedroom.
That happened in mid-September 2012. Police subsequently received information and obtained a search warrant. At his home, on 19 November, Powell showed them where the gun was hidden.
Asked why he had kept it instead of turning it in, Powell said a lot of stuff was happening in Cayman and he was just being stupid.
Defence counsel emphasized Powell’s previous good character and incidents in which he had previously assisted police. If there had been an amnesty he would have surrendered it, they said.
Justice Quin said the explanation that he took the gun “to remove it from criminal circulation” was implausible.
He said the court had to pass a sentence that would deter others.
The public gallery was more than half-filled for the sentencing and soft sobbing could be heard as Powell returned to custody.