A man who tossed two firearms from his bathroom window as police officers surrounded his home was yesterday jailed for two years.
Jernardo Smith, 26, has to pay a $7,500 fine before the completion of his sentence to avoid serving an additional nine months in prison. The sentence takes effect from May 10, 2022, the date of his conviction.
According to the prosecution’s case, acting on information, on October 18, 2017, police officers went to Smith’s home on Deveaux Street to execute a search warrant.
Police announced their presence and covered the back and front doors. While at his position, Sergeant 2373 Symonette saw when Smith opened the bathroom window and threw the guns outside.
The officers entered the home and took Smith to where the guns – a Taurus .45mm pistol with eight rounds of ammunition and a Tanfoglio Giuseppe GT .32 pistol with six rounds of ammunition — landed.
He was arrested and taken back inside the house where Reserve Sergeant 771 Greenslade allegedly found 1.5 pounds of marijuana in a shoe box.
Though charged with drug possession with intent to supply in relation to the alleged discovery, Smith was acquitted because Symonette was relieved from his duties before the trial came up and no other officer was able to identify the drugs.
However, Smith was convicted of possession of firearm with intent to supply and two counts of possession of ammunition.
Inspector Timothy Bain prosecuted the case and Ian Cargill appeared for Smith.