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Three years jail for illegal gun
A San Fernando welder who was found
with a loaded gun in his mother’s taxi,
which he took without permission, was
yesterday sent to jail for three years.
Marcus Byneal, 24, a father of four,
claimed he had the gun for his protec-
tion. He pleaded guilty to five charges
when he appeared before San Fernando
Senior Magistrate Cherril-Anne Antoine.
The charges include driving without a
taxi badge and a taxi licence, possession
of firearm and ammunition and driving
without the owner’s consent.
PC Artherley Figaro, WPC St
George-Sutherland and PC Justin Deon-
ath were in a police vehicle travelling
along the San Fernando Bypass near
South Park around 12.30 am on Monday
when they stopped an AD wagon.
Prosecutor Cleyon Seedan said there
were three occupants in the car, includ-
ing Byneal, the driver. Upon searching
the vehicle, Figaro found a Glock 19
loaded with 17 rounds of ammunition
under the front passenger seat.
Byneal told the police the gun belonged
to him. In court yesterday, Byneal, a
welder, claimed he bought the gun be-
cause over the years he had been shot,
kidnapped and advantaged.
He said he took the car after his aunt
ignored his request to take him to a party.
Noting that he had five previous convic-
tions for possession of marijuana, disor-
derly behaviour and resisting arrest, the
magistrate said, “There are too many fire-
arms in society and it is wreaking havoc.”
Byneal apologised to the court and
his mother. He said he was also studying
CSEC subjects because he did not want
his children to have a father who cannot
help them with their homework.
Byneal was also sentenced to 14 days
simple imprisonment on each of the taxi
charges, six months hard labour for using
the vehicle without consent and nine
months for the ammunition, but the sen-
tences will run concurrently.
Driver on trial for
triple road fatality
More than 15 years after a two-car crash claimed
the lives of three passengers, the State yesterday
began prosecuting one of the drivers for allegedly
causing their deaths.
Ashton Kawal, 39, went on trial before Justice
Carla Brown-Antoine in the San Fernando First As-
sizes charged with three counts of causing death
by dangerous driving.
The State is alleging that on December 15, 2002,
Kawal was driving a white Nissan B 12 in company
with his friends, Samuel Mohammed, Lisa Moham-
med and Fiona Sammydass, south along the San
The State alleges that around 3 am on reach-
ing the St Joseph Village traffic light intersection,
Kawal drove through a red traffic light and turned
west into St Joseph Village.
The State case is that Javed Hosein who was
heading north in a blue Laurel sedan crossed the
intersection on a green light and collided with Ka-
Kawal’s three passengers died.
After State attorneys Stacy Laloo-Chong and
Shabaana Shah opened their case to the jury yes-
terday, they called Hosein as their first witness.
He claimed he left his girlfriend’s home in La
Romaine and was heading to his Gasparillo home
when the collision occurred.
Kawal, who is being represented by attorney
Ramesh Deena, is claiming that it was Javed who
broke the light and caused the accident.
Doctor disputes cause
of death in murder trial
The defence in the Ira Mitchell murder trial yesterday
opened its case with pathologist contradicting the ev-
idence of the State’s expert witness forensic patholo-
gist Dr Hughvon Des Vignes.
Pathologist Dr Hubert Daisley testified in the San
Fernando Second Assize that all the injuries Balo
Seurattan, including his broken neck, could have
been caused by a low-level fall. Des Vignes, who had
performed Seurattan’s autopsy at the Forensic Sci-
ence Centre, testified that the injury would have been
caused by an arm lock around the neck and twisting.
Mitchell, 39, who is before Justice Hayden St
Clair-Douglas, claimed her uncle-in-law was sick and
weak and fell in his bedroom twice on the day he died
in January 2000.
Daisley, who has performed some 60,000 autop-
sies, said if Seurattan’s broken neck was caused by
a chokehold there would have been certain injuries
to the thorax and the thyroid gland which were not
mentioned in the post-mortem report.
He said Seurattan also suffered from severe coro-
nary artery narrowing, which could have also caused
him to fall or drop dead, and would have contributed
to his death.
Ashton Kawal leaves the San Fernando High Court
yesterday where he is on trial charged with three
counts of causing death by dangerous driving.
PICTURE SASCHA WILSON
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