Man convicted of possessing unlicensed firearm

Elmer Wright, 26, was convicted of two counts of possession of an unlicensed firearm, in the form of ammunition and a bulletproof vest, in the Grand Court on Tuesday.

The charges date back to July 2017 when police found 112 rounds of ammunition and a bulletproof vest tied in a plastic bag in a bushy plot of land along Desmond Avenue in George Town.

During a two-day trial last week, prosecutor Nicole Petit told Justice Philip St. John-Stevens, a single fingerprint was recovered from the plastic bag. That fingerprint returned a positive match to Wright’s left forefinger. Petit also told the court that in July 2017 Wright was fitted with an electronic ankle monitor.

Data downloaded from the monitor showed Wright in the bush for five minutes. During that five-minute window, the monitor tracked Wright at five different locations.

When giving evidence, Wright said he remembered going into the bush, but he could not remember what he was doing on the day the monitor recorded his movements.

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“I went into the bush to [defecate] and to hunt crabs and iguanas,” said Wright. “But right now, I feel like I am being set up, because I’m hearing police saying they have my fingerprint on a bag. I don’t know anything about any bullets, or bulletproof vest. I handle [a lot of] bags and jars in that area, so someone might have just taken up a bag that I touched and used it to hide the bullets and vest.”

Justice St. John-Stevens called Wright a “consummate liar”, saying he had arrived at the guilty verdicts largely by “common sense”.

“I am convinced that both the ammunition and the bulletproof vest were left by the same person,” said St. John-Stevens. “I reject that some other person placed it there. He is a consummate liar and I’m sure his explanation on why he visited the bush was a lie from start to finish.”

“I find the defendant guilty on both counts,” he added.

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