Gun case against Toppin begins
A gun and ammunition case against a St Michael man in his 20s began in the No. 2 Supreme Court Wednesday morning.
Peter St Clair Toppin, of 2nd Avenue, Whitehall, St Michael is charged with having a .32 calibre revolver and five rounds of ammunition on February 13, 2010.
He has pleaded not guilty to both charges.
Presenting the prosecution’s case, Crown Counsel Oliver Thomas told the court that police were carrying out an operation in an area known as Black Water in Richmond, St Michael when they spotted the accused. He allegedly looked in the direction of the police and suddenly ran off, holding on to his pants.
“Whilst running he collided with a police vehicle and fell and . . . the gun fell out of his pants,” Thomas told the court.
The accused managed to escape but the firearm was recovered by police. Investigations were conducted and in April of the same year Toppin was arrested.
Today, two officers gave evidence in the case –Sergeant Mitchell Roach who pursued the accused along with another officer, and forensic firearms examiner Sergeant David Leslie.
Verla Depeiza is representing Toppin, while Crown Counsel Krystal Delaney is collaborating with Thomas on the prosecution.
Madam Justice Michelle Weekes is presiding.