Man admits firearm, cocaine charges

No evidence offered against female defendant

Javier Howell, 26, pleaded guilty on Friday to possession of an unlicensed firearm, six rounds of ammunition and 123 grams of cocaine with intent to supply.

He appeared in Grand Court before Justice Michael Wood, who set sentencing for Thursday, May 17.

After Mr. Howell entered his pleas, senior Crown counsel Candia James said she was offering no evidence against the female defendant, Emily Hanna Patrick. The charge against Ms. Patrick was possession of a single bullet. The judge discharged her and she left the dock.

No details were given on Friday, but the matter was extensively aired when it first came to court, on October 17, 2016. Mr. Howell and Ms. Patrick appeared on that date along with another young woman with whom Ms. Patrick had shared an apartment at Lantern Point.

They had all been arrested three days earlier, when police went to the property looking for Mr. Howell after receiving intelligence. A handgun was found in his vehicle, which was in the parking lot of the complex.

The court was told at the time that a single bullet was found in a laundry basket where clothes had been thrown. It was this bullet Ms. Patrick was charged with. Her attorney, Jonathon Hughes, told the court then that Ms. Patrick, 19 at the time, knew nothing about any illegal items; she had simply allowed Mr. Howell to stay in the apartment.

The other woman was charged with possession of 10 bullets after a bag containing them was found in her bedroom. This charge was dismissed at a stage of proceedings in Summary Court. She was 20 when she first appeared in court.

The allegations against Mr. Howell at the time were that a handgun, rounds of ammunition and cocaine were found his vehicle. Weight of the illegal drug was not immediately known, but it turned out to be 123 grams, which is over four ounces.

Attorney Lee Halliday-Davis suggested that a social inquiry report would not be requested for Mr. Howell before sentencing because there was sufficient information in his file. Justice Wood agreed.

He continued this defendant’s remand in custody until May 17.

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