(CMR) Marcus Steve Manderson (33) and Thalia Ashanti Barnes (24) appeared in Summary Court today before Magistrate Gun via video link from the Detention Centre. The pair were formally charged with Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm and Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm (Ammunition), contrary to the Firearms Act (2008 Revision) on Saturday, December 11.
The police reported that just after 3:30 pm on Thursday 9 December, officers from various units executed a search warrant at a residence located on Bodden Town Road. During the search, a handgun, as well as a magazine containing ammunition was located by the search team.
As a result of the recoveries made during the search, both a 33-year-old-man and a 24-year-old-woman of Bodden Town, were arrested on suspicion of possession of an unlicensed firearm. The recovered firearm, ammunition and other items were seized as evidence and both parties were then booked into custody, where they remained pending further investigation.
During their court appearance Barnes indicated she had no knowledge of the weapon but she wanted to speak to the presiding magistrate. Unable to compose herself it was recommended that she take some time to write down her thoughts and she could re-appear again later in the afternoon. However, during the afternoon session she did not make any further statements to the magistrate and is set to appear again on Wednesday for a bail hearing.
Filing in for attorney Crister Brady, John Furniss indicated that the defense was awaiting DNA and forensics results. The gun was also still being tested to see if it was a working weapon.
Barnes is back on Tuesday for a part-heard matter before Magistrate Allard.