Boyce released after three years behind bars

A St Michael man was granted his freedom Tuesday after spending three years and 253 days on remand at HMP Dodds.

Madam Justice Michelle Weekes handed down the sentence to Royston Delon Boyce of 2nd Avenue, Brighton Terrace in the No.2 Supreme Court Tuesday.

Boyce had pleaded guilty last November to having a flare gun and three rounds of ammunition in his possession on October 21, 2013 without valid licences.

The illegal weapon and ammunition were found after police executed a search warrant at his home.

A woman answered the door and was shown the warrant before lawmen proceeded into the house and found Boyce in the first bedroom hiding under the bed.

Asked why he was hiding, Boyce reportedly replied: “I know wanna was looking for me.”

The search continued and one round of ammunition was found on top of a wardrobe while another and the loaded flare gun were discovered in the kitchen in a box in the bottom of the stove.

Boyce, who represented himself in court, has eight previous convictions related to theft, firearm and burglary.

However, Crown Counsel Oliver Thomas who prosecuted the case suggested that time served would suffice in this case given that Boyce had cooperated with police and the fact that there was no evidence of intended use of the firearm.

In her ruling, Weekes agreed and told the man he was free to go.

Boyce, who had previously apologized for his actions and told the judge that he wanted to change, wasted no time in exiting the courtroom following the ruling.

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