British Musician Jailed Over Gun


An Accra circuit court yesterday handed a 12-month jail term in hard labour to one Gregory Blake Ellary, a musician, for possessing a revolver with five live ammunitions without authority.

Gregory, a British-Jamaican, is facing an additional charge of threat of death contrary to Section 75 of Act 29/60.

Appearing before a court presided over by Aboagye Tandoh, the Rastafarian admitted the charge of possessing firearm but denied the threat of death.

Sentencing Gregory, the trial judge said he had taken into consideration the appeal for mitigation advanced by Tetteh Wayo, lawyer for the accused.

He said the accused had been in custody for 13 days as well as the fact that he (accused) was a first offender.

However, Mr. Tandoh stated that there was the need to deter people from handling firearms and ammunitions in view of its repercussions on the society.

He accordingly slapped Gregory with the sentence.
In addition, the court fined the British-Jamaican GH¢3,600 or in default serve another two-year jail term in hard labour.

Mr. Tandoh also ordered that the revolver be destroyed under the supervision of the registrar of the court.

Earlier, Mr. Wayo had prayed the court to fine his client instead of incarcerating him.

Counsel stated that his client was not conversant with the laws of Ghana and that he acted on youthful exuberance.

He argued that the complainant wanted to take advantage of his client, whom he saw as a ‘stranger who could not hurt a fly.’

Prosecuting, DSP Kweku Bempah said the complainant, Maxwell Odame is a mechanic residing at Amasaman, while the convict lives at Kokrobite.

He said about a month ago, Gregory bought a BMW motorbike from the complainant’s master, one Malik Abed. Two weeks later he (Gregory) noticed a mechanical fault on the engine and did not hesitate to send it back to the seller for repair.

DSP Bempah said there was an agreement that the seller would repair the engine and share the cost with Gregory.

He stated that on August 24, the seller called Gregory that he had repaired the engine, adding that when he went to collect the             motorbike, Malik asked him to bring GH¢500 being half the cost of repair, to which he agreed and decided to test the motorbike.

DSP Bempah said Malik asked the complainant to sit behind him for the test but Gregory took the complainant to North Kaneshie, stopped along the road and told Malik to run for his dear life or else he would shoot him.

According to the prosecution, the complainant did not take it serious and to his surprise, Gregory pulled out a foreign revolver pistol loaded with five rounds of ammunition, corked it, pointed it at him and attempted to run away with the bike.

The police officer said the complainant defied all of the threats and started struggling with Gregory over the bike, which attracted a witness to the scene.

DSP Bempah said after the witness had listened to both parties, he escorted both of them, together with the gun, to the Darkuman Police Station, where the complainant reported the incident to the police.

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By Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson 


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