Five years for firearm and ammunition offences Print E-mail
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Thursday, 17 November 2011 00:00

AlbertOn Monday November 14th Troy Hyde and Albert Moody were found guilty of firearm and ammunition offences.

Both men appeared in Magistrate’s Court. Hyde was accused of possession of an unlicensed firearm while Albert Moody was accused of possession of 8 live rounds of 9mm ammunition.

On March 12th, 2010, police were tipped off that there were two men at #8880 Jane Usher Boulevard and that they were in possession of a 9 mm pistol loaded with 8 rounds. When police arrived at the house, an officer found the two men sitting in a red sofa inside the house. According to one officer during the trial, he saw Hyde playing with a firearm. When Hyde saw that it was the police, he quickly threw the object to the ground. The gun was later retrieved and found to be a 9 mm pistol.  The officer testified that Moody was seen with eight live rounds of ammunitions for the same gun that Hyde was playing with. He too, when he spotted that the person at the door was an officer, threw the ammunition to the floor in front of him.  Both men were arrested and charged and had managed to secure bail through the Supreme Court.

The Senior Magistrate concluded that there was enough evidence against the men to find them guilty for the crime based on the police officer’s testimony She then sentenced them to 5 years each imprisonment, effective Monday.  The new penalty for firearm and ammunition offenses took effect in 2010 which saw the minimum sentence for illegal firearm and ammunition possession increased from 2 years to 5 with the maximum being 10 years.

The men claimed that the police had something personal against them. They said they were both set up by the police who fabricated the story against them because they had a previous misunderstanding with the police.  In their trial, neither Hyde nor Moody were represented.  They had indicated to the Senior Magistrate that they had witnesses to call on their behalf but both of them failed to produce their witnesses after being given ample time to do so.