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Birkett pleads guilty to gun, ammo charges

courtA Christ Church man today pleaded guilty in the High Court to gun and ammunition charges.

Ian MacDonald Birkett of Wotton, Christ Church admitted to possession of a .45 calibre revolver and six rounds of ammunition without a valid licence on July 8, 2014.

While accepting Birkett’s plea, Principal Crown Counsel Alliston Seale went on to outline the facts in the No 2 Supreme Court, presided over by Madam Justice Michelle Weekes.

The prosecutor revealed that on the mentioned date police officers were on duty along Wotton, Christ Church around 10:50 p.m. when they saw the accused standing near a shed behind the housing units.

As they approached Birkett, he started to walk off holding the right side of his waist, which aroused the suspicion of the officers.

The accused ran through a track which caused police to pursue him shouting, “police, stop”. However, the accused continued running.

Birkett was caught and a struggle ensued during which he attempted to throw away the revolver.

It was however retrieved and the accused was asked to account for the weapon.

He allegedly said: “I don’t know anything about that.”

Seale went on to tell the court that officers then opened the weapon’s cylinder in Birkett’s presence and found six rounds of ammunition.

“I ain’t know about them,” he allegedly answered.

He was arrested and taken to the Oistins Police Station where investigations continued. Birkett was reportedly told of his right to an attorney, but said he did not wish to have legal representation.

It was then under further questioning, according to the prosecutor, that the accused revealed that “a man from de Pine give me de gun and tell me secure it”.

Birkett was asked whether he wanted to give a written statement. The accused said “no”.

However, officers went on to question Birkett after informing him again of his rights.

Asked about the ammunition, he said: “the gun come loaded”.

The accused was formally arrested and charged for the offences on July 10, 2014.

Birkett accepted the facts as outlined by Seale.

However, Justice Weekes adjourned the matter until July 11, at which time the prosecutor will give the court further information on the accused, including whether he has any antecedents.

In another case also being heard by Justice Weekes in the No 2 Supreme Court, Jasper Evan Babb of Rock Hall, St Lucy also pleaded guilty.

He is charged with  possession of 11 rounds of ammunition without a valid licence. That offence occurred on April 14, 2015.

The Principal Crown Counsel is also the prosecutor in the case.

However, he requested an adjournment of the matter after revealing some of the facts this morning.

Babb returns to court on July 1.

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