Two men from central Trinidad, who were arrested in connection with a sizable firearm and ammunition seizure, last week, have been denied bail.
Robert Paul and Ryan Numblett were remanded into custody after they appeared virtually before Senior Magistrate Rajendra Rambhajan on firearm and ammunition trafficking charges, yesterday morning.
The duo was not called upon to plead to the charges, which were laid indictably.
According to reports, the duo was arrested last Wednesday as police executed a search warrant at a home at Lutchman Gardens, Cunupia.
Police allegedly found an AR15 assault rifle, 11 different components for firearms including magazines and trigger mechanisms, and 528 rounds of assorted ammunition.
In applying for bail for Numblett, his lawyer Bhimal Maharajh admitted that the father of four had a criminal record but not for firearm offences.
He also claimed that his client fell off a set of scaffolding earlier this year and was scheduled to undergo an operation, later this year.
In terms of Paul, Maharajh accepted that he had several convictions and pending cases for firearm offences but noted that his client had been complaining of feeling unwell for several days whilst in police custody.
Police prosecutors called on Rambhajan to deny bail as they pointed to the the substantial cache of illegal weapons the men were allegedly held with.
Rambhajan eventually agreed with prosecutors as he noted that the men were accused of being in possession of “weapons of war”.
He indicated that he may be willing to reconsider bail if the accused men provide court extracts on the alleged disposition of their pending charges, as claimed.
The men are is expected to reappear in court on October 5. (DA)