Gun charges reinstated for mechanic

Edward Westby, a 54 year old auto mechanic of Fabers’ Road, Belize City, thought he had seen the back of a charge of abetment to carry firearm and ammunition without a gun license, after the case was struck out last April when the case file turned up missing, but he faces the same charge once again after arraignment in court on Wednesday.

On April 23, 2014, it is alleged that Edward Westby received a 9mm firearm from Malik Stuart, shortly after the shooting death of Patrick Bevans on Jane Usher Boulevard that morning. Police witnessed the exchange after pursuing Mr Stuart, aged 19. The gun is Mr Westby’s licensed property.

Malik Stuart faced charges of keeping firearm and ammunition without a gun license, but to date no one has been charged with Patrick Bevans’ murder.

Edward Westby pleaded not guilty and was released on bail of $1,000. The case goes back to court on February 25.

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