Derek Achong

A 56-year-old farmer from Tableland has been released on $60,000 after appearing in court for firearm possession.

Narinesingh Jaggernath, of George Village, Tableland, was granted bail after pleading not guilty to the charge when he appeared before Magistrate Indira Misir-Gosine in the Princes Town Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

According to reports, around 5.15 pm last Saturday, officers of the Southern Division Task Force were on patrol along Hindustan Road in Tableland when they alleged noticed Jaggernath attempting to hide an object in his pineapple field upon seeing them.

The officers searched the area and found a shotgun. They then searched a make-shift camp and found 24 16-gauge and 20 12-gauge shotgun cartridges.

During the brief hearing, police prosecutors objected to bail for Jaggernath as the noted the quantity of ammunition and the seriousness of the offence.

They also accepted that Jaggernath’s criminal record, which includes convictions for marijuana cultivation and praedial larceny, could not be relied upon because those previous offences occurred well over a decade ago.

In his bail application, Jaggernath’s lawyer Bhimal Maharajh stated that his client was asthmatic and had to seek regular treatment at the Princes Town District Health Facility.

Misir-Gosine upheld the bail application and ordered Jaggernath to reappear in court on September 21.