Firearms trial set for two

Two men pleaded not guilty to three firearms charges on Friday and had their trial set for Oct. 19.

Keith Rohan Montaque, 25, and Walter Jordan McLaughlin, 26, entered their pleas in Grand Court before Justice Malcolm Swift.

Crown counsel Toyin Salako advised that the Director of Public Prosecutions did not seek to proceed against a third man, Bill McCoy McLaughlin, 61. The formal document for this procedure was not ready, but would be presented to the court on Tuesday, she indicated.

“The case is going to be dropped against you,” Justice Swift told Mr. McCoy McLaughlin. However, this defendant will need to comply with his bail conditions until then.

All three men were arrested after firearms were found at a home off Frank Sound on Sunday, Feb. 8.

Montaque and Walter McLaughlin are charged with possession of an unlicensed .38 revolver, a 9mm pistol and eight rounds of .38 ammunition.

Defense attorneys Michael Snape and Amelia Fosuhene agreed that the trial was likely to take five days.

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