Posted: Friday, February 11, 2022. 8:33 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: When police arrested Sanjay Lino for keeping unlicensed ammunition back in November 2020, he contended that police had planted the two bullets on him. Today, he walked out of court a free man after a Magistrate found that the prosecution’s case was not convincing beyond a reasonable doubt.
Lino, who said he could not afford an attorney, defended himself for the duration of the case, which began back in 2021. He gave sworn testimony in court that police searched him and found nothing, then inquired about the whereabouts of his brother. When he said he did not know, they searched him again and said that they found two bullets in his pocket, then arrested and charged him for unlicensed ammunition.
Lino’s mother and a friend, who was present at the time of the search, also testified, supporting his story.
The arresting officers testified in court that they managed to find the bullets on him during a second search but the Magistrate said that their testimony did not convince her that the events unfolded the way they claim it did.
If Lino had been found guilty, he could have faced up to 5 years in prison for either of the bullets.
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