An illegal firearm and a quantity of cocaine lands one a 26-year-old man behind bars for eight years. Javier Howell was arrested two years ago for having more than four ounces of cocaine an unlicensed firearm and six rounds of ammunition.
He pleaded guilty earlier this month and today (17 May) he learned his fate.
During his sentencing hearing, the court heard the details of the incident involving Mr. Howell.
In October 2016, Mister Howell was driving a white Toyota Mark II, the same model car that was seen leaving 7 mile shops on 1 October after 24-year old Justin Manderson was murdered.
On the 14 October, Police were following up on inquiries which lead them to find Mr. Howell in an apartment on Lantern Point.
His car was searched and an unlicensed firearm was found in the boot of the vehicle with one live round of ammunition inside. Cocaine was found in the glove compartment along with a scale.
Defense Lawyer Lee Halliday-Davis stated that it is not proven if Mr. Howell got the firearm on the night of Justin Manderson’s murder and the 5 ammunition rounds found were not involved in the shooting or used in any other offences. Mrs. Halliday-Davis continued to say that when Mr. Howell was remanded in the high risk unit of Northward prison, he was assaulted.
Mr. Howell faced charges of possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition along with cocaine with intent to supply. Sentences for all offences will run concurrently for 8 years.