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Three years in prison for illegal gun
A delivery driver who was caught drinking at a bar with a loaded gun has been jailed for three years.
Adesh Adhar, 28, of Pleasantville, who pleaded guilty, claimed he had the gun for his own protection after receiving threats.
He appeared before Senior Magistrate Cherril-Anne Antoine in the San Fernando First Court.
The court heard that on Saturday PC Narine and other officers went at Bartender’s Bar, Cipero Road, San Fernando. Around 5.40 pm Adhar, who was sitting on a bar stool at the counter, walked away as the officers arrived.
Prosecutor Cleyon Seedan said Narine approached and search him and found a Taurus pistol with ten rounds of 9 mm ammunition tucked in his pants. Adhar said, “Boss, I have that for my protection.”
Yesterday his attorney Dane Halls told the magistrate his client had a clean record and was remorseful.
Halls said three years ago his client’s mother, sister and uncle were sitting in a car outside their Pleasantville home when they were ordered out of the car at gunpoint and the car was stolen.
Halls said his client was also robbed and shot on his right forearm, but nothing came out of that. Halls said Adhar got the gun after receiving threats. However, Seedan said when people buy illegal firearms they trigger the trade of illegal arms and ammunition.
He said Adhar had a loaded gun in a bar where people were consuming alcohol and situations could have arisen. Noting that he took the gun with him to have a “good time,” the magistrate said no good reason was given to warrant a non-custodial sentence.
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