A teenager who was given a job to transport a pistol and ammunition from one location in Enterprise, Chaguanas, to another has been sentenced to two years in prison.
Isheem Pinder, 19, of Enterprise, was charged with having the gun and five rounds of 9mm ammunition last Friday at Chrissie Terrace, Enterprise. Another man who ran from the vehicle was also charged for the offence. He entered a not guilty plea.
Attorney Shiva Boodoo said in light of the circumstances in Enterprise at this time, the youths were in danger.
He said Pinder was given a job to move the gun and ammunition from one place to another and was told that, should he fail to comply, he would have suffered the consequences.
Boodoo said threats were made on the teen’s life. Boodoo said his client was a first-time offender who worked as a mason with a contractor in Maraval. He asked for leniency from the court as Pinder faced the Chaguanas magistrate on Monday.
Senior magistrate Jo-Anne Connor sentenced Pinder to 24 months for possession of the firearm and nine months for having the ammunition. The sentences are to run concurrently.
Seven men also faced Connor charged with possession of two spent shells.
Akeil Telesford, 26, Amal Charles, 18, Kenrick Phillip, 24, and Jason Wilson, 25, all of Enterprise, Chaguanas, and Walter Wilson, 33, of Port of Spain and Shakeel Gonzales, 26, of Diego Martin said they were not guilty of the offence while Marlon John, 20, of Enterprise, entered a guilty plea.
The .9mm shells were found on a table on a living room at a house after a search warrant was executed. The occupants of the house were arrested.
The other six men were ordered to return to court on April 20.