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Man draws $24,000 fine for arms, ammo

‘He wanted to kill himself’

 A 54-year-old Laventille businessman who threatened to commit suicide was yesterday fined $24,000.

Clyde Agard, of Pashley Street, appeared before Magistrate Rajendra Rambachan in the 4A court charged with possession of arms and ammunition.

Agard who was represented by attorney Crystal Ahee pleaded guilty to the charges.

He was fined $12,000 on the charge of firearm possession and $12,000 on the charge of ammunition. 

In a plea of mitigation, Ahee, asked that Agard not be jailed since his actions were as a result of a domestic nature.

She said had it not been for the actions of the officers involved, Agard would have been dead.

Rambachan said having taken the plea into consideration, the offences were of serious nature and as such gave Agard two days in which to pay the fines or face three months imprisonment.

The magistrate also applauded the efforts of the officers involved labelling their actions as “heroic”.

The court heard at around 4.45 p.m. on Saturday, Agard contacted his 26-year daughter saying he was going to kill himself with a firearm.

The daughter contacted E999 who then issued an All Points Bulletin.

PCs Dale Makoonsingh and Reid along with two soldiers were on patrol along the Old St Joseph Road in Laventille when they went to Agard’s Grocery at Upper Pashley Street.

The court heard that upon entering the compound, Makoonsingh saw Agard armed with the firearm and attempted to get the weapon.

Agard refused and told the officer he wished to end his life.

Makoonsingh, the court heard spoke with Agard at length and managed to secure the weapon. Agard was taken to the Barataria Police Station where he was charged. (DR)

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