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Youths on possession of M16, grenades charge refused bail

The rifle, grenades and bullets that were allegedly seized from the youths

Two youths allegedly caught with a high-powered rifle, two grenades and bullets were Friday refused bail and remanded to prison.

They are 18-year old Kevin George of 21 Costello Housing Scheme and 17-year old Samuel Johnson of 158 Curtis street Albouystown. The pleaded not guilty to the three charges that were read to them by Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry.

The offences are that on January 22,2014 they were in possession of one special concussion grenade and one fragmentation grenade; in possession of one M16 rifle without being the holder of a firearm licence, and finally being in possession of 61 rounds of . 223 ammunition.

The prosecution’s case is that a police on patrol at Aubrey Barker Road, South Ruimveldt observed the defendants acting in a suspicious manner. George was allegedly seen by the police passing a haversack to Johnson who returned it to him. It was then thrown on the ground. A search was conducted at the items were found in the bag, the court was told. The prosecutor objected to bail on grounds that no special reason was provided.

George and Johnson were remanded to prison until February 11.