So far in 2011 the Bermuda Police have recovered five firearms, two stun guns as well as a quantity of ammunition – including the 200 rounds seized earlier this week in Warwick. Last year the police recovered 11 firearms, 2 stun guns and 7 “BB” or air pistols.
Police arrested four men and seized a firearm and ammunition in St George’s, and also arrested a 22-year-old man after officers located a gun during a search of a home in the Friswells Hill area in June 2011.
In addition, Jakai Harford is standing trial for allegedly possessing a firearm and ammunition in Pembroke on January 8th, 2011, and 26-year-old Rickai Dickinson was charged in Court yesterday with being in possession of a semi-automatic pistol and cartridges in St George’s on June 5, 2011.
During yesterday’s press conference on the Quarterly Crime Statistics, Commissioner of Police Michael DeSilva said, “There have been 27 confirmed firearms incidents this year, from which 5 people have been fatally shot and 4 others have been injured. The pace of confirmed incidents has slowed down: this time last year there had been 6 deaths and 14 injuries.”
“Since May 2009 we have had 15 trials for murder, attempted murder or firearms offences that have resulted in 12 guilty verdicts. 1 person is currently standing trial, and another 16 people have been indicted and are awaiting trial.”
It is generally accepted that firearms are shared among gang members, and that one firearm is often used multiple times, something which has been highlighted during recent Supreme Court trials.
An expert testified that the guns used to kill Troy ‘Yankee” Rawlins were used in over half a dozen shootings, including the murder of James Lawes who was killed during a triple shooting on Court Street last year, and the murder of Kimwandae Walker who was gunned down during Good Friday celebrations on the Victor Scott field last year.
The guns used to kill Mr Rawlins were also linked to additional shootings, including the wounding of two people at Dandy Town in 2010, the attempted murder of Jeremiah Dill on Parsons Road, and other shootings in the Pembroke area.
The two guns used to kill Kumi Harford were “Parkside weapons,”in Court and were used in a number of shootings including the murders of Perry Puckerin, Shane Minors, Kenwandee “Wheels” Robinson and attempted murder of Jakai Harford. In addition to those four shootings, one of the guns was used to murder 34-year-old Freddy Maybury, who was shot in June 2010 in Sandys.