Man gets 2 years for unlawful possession of gun, ammo

…to face attempted murder charge in January

Eighty-year-old Agnes Peters of #72 Miles Potaro Road Bartica is now nursing an injury to her right shoulder, sustained after she was shot at Butakuri Junction, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni), by a suspect who was highly intoxicated.

Morris Torres

The Police have said that on the day in question, the victim’s husband, Bernard Peters, had gone to his daughter’s shop to cook when he saw the suspect with a shotgun in his hand. The suspect then purchased a bottle of High Wine, which he consumed until about 21:00h, at which time he had become intoxicated.
The victim and her husband went to their camp, located approximately 80 feet from the shop, and while there, they heard three loud explosions and immediately realised that the victim had been shot to her right shoulder.
The victim and her husband ran out of their camp and went to #72 Miles, where they sought refuge. Soon after, the Toshao managed to confiscate the shotgun and apprehend the suspect.
The victim and suspect were escorted to Bartica, where the victim was admitted at the hospital and is in stable condition. The suspect, on the other hand, was handed over to the Police, and remains in their custody.
One 20-gauge single-barrel shotgun and three cartridges were also handed over to the cops.

The illegal gun that was confiscated from the suspect

This suspect, Morris Torres, appeared before Magistrate Crystal Lambert at the Bartica Magistrate’s Court, and was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to unlawful possession of a gun and ammunition. He has also been fined $100,000 for each charge.
He will make his next court appearance on January 17, 2022 to answer to a charge of attempting to commit murder.