The hairdresser who pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a high-powered rifle will spend 14 months in prison if she doesn’t pay a $14,000 fine.
Twenty-nine-year-old Saida Joseph was sentenced for the crime Monday a week after pleading guilty in the All Saints Magistrates Court.
She was ordered to pay $8000 forthwith and the remaining $6000 in $1000 installments beginning April 30 this year.
Police found the .22 magnum rifle in her bedroom during a search at her home in Bendals.
She reportedly said she was holding the weapon for someone but did not know what it was.
The firearm, which is fitted with a telescope lens, was reportedly wrapped in a sheet and tucked away in a closet.
Joseph was initially charged alongside her brother and father but the charges against the men were dropped after she took responsibility for the offence.
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