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Maskall villager busted with 2 guns – jailed despite claims he knows who they belong to

Posted: Tuesday, August 15, 2023. 8:05 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: 31-year-old Dennis ‘Boysey’ Morgan of Maskall, Belize District, pleaded guilty to keeping two firearms without a license despite insisting he had only found them and that they were not his.

Morgan, a painter by trade, told Chief Magistrate Jayani Wegodapola that he was painting a grave in the village when he found the firearms. He said he knew who owned the firearms and that he was about to take the items to the police and hand them in when he was caught with them.

The Chief Magistrate took into consideration that he has no previous convictions for similar offenses and pleaded guilty early and set prison terms of three years on each count to be served concurrently.

Police claimed that they were responding to reports of shots fired in the village early on Friday morning when they found Morgan, who they said they saw throwing an object on the ground. Police recovered one nine-millimeter firearm on his person and the other which had been thrown down on the ground a foot away.

According to Morgan, the first gun fell out of his hand as he was also holding a Coke bottle and he insisted that he was not trying to get rid of the firearms. But whether or not the guns were his, they are deemed to be in his possession by Section 16 of the Firearms Act.

 

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