Elderly Man Fined Instead Of the Mandatory Imprisonment For Gun Crime

Not the actual gun

A Paradise View resident Vernon Toy Joseph 75, escaped the mandatory penalty of imprisonment without the option of a fine. 

The elderly man appeared before Chief Magistrate Joann Walsh in the St. John’s Magistrate’s on firearm and ammunition charges on Tuesday. 

Police, acting on a tip-off swoop down on his residence where a Search Warrant was executed for firearms and ammunition on Sunday October 28, 2018. 

The search resulted in the seizure of a 12-gauge shotgun and 12 rounds of matching ammunition (cartridges). 

Charged with the unlawful possession of firearm and ammunition, he pleaded guilty. 

After pro bono representation and plea in mitigation by practicing attorney Charlesworth Tabor, exercising a discretionary power, the Chief Magistrate, imposed fines of $20, 000 and $ 15, 000 respectively. 

The lesser fine was ordered to be paid forthwith, while he was given two months to pay the balance of the fine. In default, the alternative of 2 years imprisonment was ordered by the presiding Magistrate.

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  1. Who is this elderly man connected to that he can get away with avoiding the mandatory prison sentence? Then again, he is not the first so who am I to question the legality of things around here?

  2. Why the heck don’t these people get a license for their guns? There should be an amnesty for people with unlicensed guns to get them registered. With crime the way it is people want to be able to defend themselves in their homes. This seems to be such a case.

  3. How could you charge an Antiguan $35,000 for GUN & AMMUNITION, could not jail him because you let out the American & sent her out the country. Toy, you should appeal that decision.

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