|File for DPP |
By NALINEE SEELAL Friday, February 15 2013
A FILE is expected to be submitted today to Director of Public Prosecutions Roger Gaspard SC by police who are seeking directions on how to proceed with their investigation into an incident involving Integrity Commission chairman Ken Gordon losing his loaded licensed firearm.
Investigators from Police Western Division who are probing the incident told Newsday that it is up to the DPP to direct them given that officers are exploring the possibility of a charge of negligence under the Firearms Act, Chap 16.01, Section 28 (1), (1A). The penalty for such an offence, upon conviction, is a fine of $5,000.
Anyone found guilty of such an offence, will have to surrender their Firearms Users licence to the Commissioner of Police, who will then have it cancelled. Newsday also understands officers probing the incident have also sought advice from the Legal Department of the Police Service.
Acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams has already indicated that the gun and five rounds of ammunition, belonging to Gordon, remains with police investigators pending the outcome of the matter.
At about 5 pm on Carnival Monday Gordon, 82, of Newbury Hill, Glencoe, parked his vehicle near the Brian Lara Cancer Treatment Centre at Fitzblackman Drive in Woodbrook to take in Carnival activities.
At the time, he had in his possession a .380 pistol and five rounds of ammunition.
Gordon later reported to police that when he returned to his vehicle, he realised that the loaded firearm was missing. He made several checks in and around his parked car and even tried to retrace his steps, but the gun was still not found.
Gordon was later advised to make a formal report to the St James Police Station. Newsday understands a boy, who was also taking in the Carnival activities in the Woodbrook area later spotted the firearm lying at the side of the roadway and retrieved it.
At the same time, officers of the Organised Crime, Narcotics and Firearms Bureau (OCNFB) who were on patrol in the area were stopped by the boy who handed over the weapon to them. The gun was later traced as belonging to Gordon.