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Patrick Powell, the businessman who was found guilty for failing to hand over his firearm to the police for inspection, has been sentenced to nine months in prison at hard labour.
Judge Vaughn Smith, who made the sentence, says the ruling is to send a message to Powell and other licensed firearm holders.
According to Judge Smith, a fine wouldn’t have been a sufficient or effective deterrent. He says the fact that Powell’s gun has still not been handed over was a primary factor that led to his decision.
Judge Smith says if Powell had handed over his firearm to the police today, it could have reduced his sentence.
Mr. Powell’s lawyer Deborah Martin says she’ll await her client’s decision of whether he’ll appeal the Judge’s ruling. The defence has 14-days to appeal.