Maloney on trial

Gun and ammo case opens in Supreme Court

He was charged back in November 2002 with having a .32 revolver and six rounds of ammunition in his possession.

However, over the past 16 years, Roland Omando Maloney, of Deighton, St Michael, has maintained his innocence of the crimes.

Today, his trial opened before a nine-member jury in the No.2 Supreme Court with lead investigator Police Constable Charles Layne among the first to take to the witness stand.

Under questioning from Crown Counsel Oliver Thomas, Layne revealed that he and other officers had spotted Maloney reversing a blue Toyota motorcar, registration number E2780, into a vacant lot at Newbury Main Road, St George around 1:30 p.m. on November 13, 2002.

They approached and requested a search after informing Maloney they had information that he was carrying an illegal weapon.

Layne said Maloney got out of the car and “the firearm was right there” in a holster, with the ammunition.

Under cross examination by Maloney’s attorney Angella Mitchell-Gittens, the officer further revealed that the accused was a student at the Barbados Community College at the time and was using a car he had borrowed from a classmate, who was also a co-worker.

The officer said when asked to account for the weapon, Maloney said he had found it but he was not the holder of a valid licence. Layne also disclosed that he did not get the gun dusted for fingerprints as it was in the possession of the accused, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle at the time of the police search.

The officer also said that Maloney did not tell him that there was another person in the car named Jimmy Thorne who had allegedly gone to a shop across the road.

Layne’s partner Constable Augustine Jacobs also testified that the firearm was examined and found to contain four live rounds and two rounds that had already been discharged.

Both Layne and Jacobs identified the gun and ammunition during today’s sitting, which was presided over by Justice Randall Worrell.

Gregory Payne from Date Tree, St Peter, was the owner of the car, which Maloney was driving that day. He said he handed Maloney his keys after the accused informed him that he wanted to go and purchase a part for his vehicle. Maloney also informed Payne that he would pick a friend named Jimmy along the way.

However, instead of getting back his car later that day, Payne said he was visited by the police who took him to Central Police Station where he was informed that a gun and been found in his vehicle.

“I was shocked. To my knowledge there was no gun in the car when I brought it to school,” Payne said.

Following his testimony, the case was adjourned until 9 a.m. tomorrow.

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