Attorney decries handling of gun charge

An attorney told a court Thursday that it was “unfathomable” that his client was charged despite the lawyer being told that he would not be.

Attorney Nicholas Hoffman appeared for Robert Aaron Crawford, 21, of West Bay, who is charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm, described as a Lorcin semi-automatic pistol. A second charge alleges possession of six rounds of .380 ammunition. Both offenses are alleged to have occurred on Sept. 29. The location of the offenses was not mentioned in court.

Mr. Hoffman said Crawford was arrested this week and he [Mr. Hoffman] had attended his interviews by police. He told Magistrate Valdis Foldats in Summary Court that he had subsequently been informed that the Legal Department had ruled that Crawford was not to be charged.

“He has been dealt with, in my submission, in a way that is unfathomable,” Mr. Hoffman said. “I should never have been told one determination had been made if it hadn’t.”
Further, “They shouldn’t be making determinations that are not correct and conveying those determinations.”

As a result of what had happened, he was not in a position to make a bail application, Mr. Hoffman said. The delay was not fair and could not be repeated, he urged.

The charges bear the stamp of the Clerk of Court with the date of Oct. 3, 2013. No details of the charges were referred to in court.

The magistrate put the matter to Tuesday and remanded Crawford in custody until then.