Watchman remanded for boss’ unlicensed firearms and ammo Print E-mail
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Thursday, 06 October 2011 00:00

Sebastian CocomOn Friday September 30th a watchman of Middle Island Caye appeared in Magistrate’s Court after being remanded to the Belize Central Prison three days earlier.

57-year-old Sebastian Cocom, a Belizean Watchman of Succotz Village who is employed by Ricardo Castillo on Middle Long Caye was arraigned on Tuesday, September 27th on 5 counts of firearm and ammunition offenses. He pleaded not guilty and told the court that the firearms and ammunitions were at his work place and that they belonged to his boss.

Magistrate Edd P. Usher who dealt with the matter on Tuesday afternoon then remanded Cocom to prison for only three days. It was the hope that Cocom’s boss would have produced the relevant documents to the police and clear his name since the items were not found in his possession.

When Cocom reappeared before Magistrate Edd. P. Usher in Court #2 on Friday he was sadden by the news that his employer failed to show up in court or at the police station to produce his necessary documents. In court on Friday, Prosecutor Sgt. Hector Rodriguez informed the court that he had spoken with Cocom’s boss and informed him what he must do but he failed to show up to see him.

Magistrate Edd. P. Usher told Cocom that due to the circumstances he could not offer him bail yet and that he still has 7 to 10 days more to apply for bail through the Supreme Court with the assistant of an attorney.

Cocom told the court that he has no way of contacting his boss but that his boss had told him via a telephone call that he was going to come and straighten out the matter. Meanwhile Cocom is hopefull that his boss will bail him out, he remains on remand at the Belize Central prison until his next court appearance set for November 3rd.

On Tuesday of this week, Cocom who was unrepresented was arraigned in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court where he was slapped with five counts- two counts of kept firearm without a gun license for allegedly having a 16 gauge shot gun along with a rifle on Saturday, September 16th.

He was additionally charged with three counts of kept ammunition without a gun license for allegedly having 7- .22 gauge A brand ammunition, 13 -.22 gauge A brand ammunition  and 2- 16 gauge cartridges.
He pleaded not guilty to all charges.