Businessman arrested for possession of unlicensed firearm, live rounds

A 50-year-old businessman, who hails from Pouderoyen, West Bank Demerara (WBD), was arrested after he was caught with an unlicensed firearm and a magazine that contained eight live rounds of ammunition in his vehicle on Sunday morning.
A cutlass and a large piece of round wood were also found in his possession at the time of his arrest.
Reports are that Police Officers were in search of the businessman in relation to a report made by a butcher, who claimed that the man had threatened to shoot him.
The businessman was driving his car in the vicinity of the Vreed-en-Hoop Police Station and Stelling area when he was stopped and told of the allegation by the butcher.
However, he remained silent, and after officers requested to search his vehicle, he agreed.
The black handgun with the magazine containing eight live rounds was discovered on the floor of the car.
Guyana Times understands that when the businessman was asked to produce his firearm licence for the weapon he had in his possession, he told the Police ranks that he did not have one.
He reportedly gave explanations for the cutlass and suspicious piece of wood he had in his car.
The businessman was immediately arrested and taken to the Vreed-en-Hoop Police Station where he was presently refusing to assist the Police in the investigations.
A serial number for the firearm in question could not be found. Investigations are presently on-going into the matter of the alleged threat to the butcher as well as the gun and ammunition found in the car.