Another call is being made by the Police Commissioner Gary Griffith for amendments to be made to the bail act to deal with firearm offenders.
Commissioner has been calling on legislators to amend the law so that persons held with any illegal firearms can be denied bail for a period up to 120 days.
In a statement yesterday the Commissioner pointed to the $16,000 fine handed down to a Valencia man last week by a Sangre Grande magistrate, after pleading guilty to charges of possession of a firearm and ammunition.
He said the man pleaded guilty and was fined $10,000 for possession of a firearm; $6,000 for possession of ammunition and allowed 90 days to pay or in default face two years hard labour.
The Commissioner said, “What the accused got was a pat on the back and a free pass, knowing there are no consequences for his actions. A person who issues a bounced cheque can be fined up to ten times the amount of the cheque and can also be sent to prison for five years. But someone who was caught with a gun which can kill, is back out the very same day.”
He added, “We did our job, we conducted our intelligence, we arrested and charged and the accused person was given red carpet treatment and immunity to go back onto the streets.”