Kareem Bennett jailed for firearm

BennettKareem Bennett began a five year concurrent sentence for keeping a firearm and ammunition without a gun license, after being found guilty by Chief Magistrate Ann-Marie Smith. Mr Bennett and three other men were stopped by police while in a black Saturn VUE around 3:30 in the morning of June 25, 2012, in the West Landivar area at the corner of Graduate Crescent and Campus Avenue, Belize City. Constable Raul Ico found the 9mm Smith and Wesson firearm with six live rounds of ammunition in Bennett’s pants waist. He was sitting in the front passenger seat of the vehicle and nothing was found on any of the other occupants. Despite this, Kareem Bennett spoke from the dock and denied any knowledge or possession of the gun. He claimed it was found in the vehicle and not on him. But the Chief Magistrate said she found the evidence of the prosecution compelling and ruled that Mr Bennett indeed had both knowledge and possession of the weapon.

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