Handgun discovered after road accident
Julia Elizabeth Lewis remained in custody after her sentencing was adjourned Thursday for possession of an unlicensed firearm.
Lewis, 25, pleaded guilty last week before a Grand Court jury heard any evidence about the charge – that she had an unlicensed Hi-Point .38 handgun at the Countryside Shopping Village in Savannah on Aug. 16, 2013, without a license.
On Thursday, Crown Counsel Tricia Hutchinson told Justice Ingrid Mangatal that inquiries were continuing that might affect sentencing.
Defense attorney Nicholas Dixey later pointed out that the mandatory minimum sentence is seven years after a guilty plea – unless there are exceptional circumstances. The inquiries being carried out were to determine whether any such exceptional circumstance existed.
Justice Mangatal has already heard arguments and the facts of the case.
The charge arose after police received a report of a car driving dangerously east of George Town and heading away from the capital city. In the vicinity of the Spotts Beach area, an officer gave chase. The suspect vehicle crashed into a utility pole near Countryside.
When the car crashed, an object was thrown from the vehicle. Three occupants were seen to leave the vehicle, two males and Lewis.
Lewis was seen to pick up the object and run with it under her blouse. She ran into the shopping center, where a security guard saw her dispose of the object in a waste bin. He checked and saw it was a gun.
When he removed it, Lewis approached and begged him to give it back to her because she has two children and did not want to go to prison. The guard gave it back.
Lewis then threw the gun into bushes at the rear of the shopping center. Closed-circuit TV captured all of her movements. She was driven away from the scene by other persons, but later returned and was arrested.
Lewis had been on bail until last week.