A FISHERMAN with a gun who threatened to kill police officers before fleeing aboard a boat was yesterday sentenced to more than eight years in prison.
Shane Deokienanan pleaded guilty to committing common assault on five police officers and possession of a firearm.
Around 10.40 a.m. on Saturday, officers from the San Fernando City Police responded to a report and went to King's Wharf. They saw Deokienanan with a black and silver object in hand. He cursed and threatened to kill the officers.
They drew their service revolvers as Deokienanan sped off in the boat. The officers kept sight of the vessel which docked at Embacadere, San Fernando.
Deokienanan, 37, who lives at Embacadere, was found hiding in bushes. He was arrested and a firearm seized. Deokienanan told the officers the gun was not loaded.
Defence attorney Annalee Girwar yesterday said her client had the gun for his protection.
"It never had ammunition and was for show," she said.
She said her client, who had bandages to the back of the head, had been beaten by two men before the stand-off with the officers and he was also intoxicated.
"He didn't act in his senses. He became agitated," she said.
She admitted he had one conviction for larceny and asked he be spared a jail term.
On inspecting the weapon acting Deputy Chief Magistrate Rajendra Rambachan said it was a shortened, shotgun type weapon.
He sentenced Deokienanan to three years hard labour for having the gun and 13 months on each charge of common assault on the officers.
Deokienanan will serve 13 months on those offences.
The magistrate commended acting Cpl Anthony Dorset, PCs Dino Burnette, Ramnarine Roopnarine, David Singh and WPC Angie Anthony for their "bravery in the face of death" and also for keeping Deokienanan in "full health".
"They would not have known the gun was not loaded," Rambachan said.
The magistrate ordered the officers be rewarded $500 each.
Moonilal Nagoo of South Oropouche and Timothy Boodan, 27, of San Fernando, who were jointly charged with Deokienanan for possession of the gun pleaded not guilty.
Rambachan granted each $100,000 bail with the condition they report to the police stations nearest to their homes, three days a week. They will return to court on April 5.