Man Pleads Not Guilty To Firearm Charges

April 2, 2012

20-year-old Gariko Benjamin pleaded not guilty to four counts during this morning’s [Apr.2] Supreme Court Monthly Arraignments session.

The charges were: unlawful possession of a firearm; unlawful discharge of a firearm; taking a motorcycle without the owner’s permission and riding dangerously; and threatening behaviour to Police. All charges stem from activity on 25th January 2012.

The shooting occurred at around 10:30am on Wednesday, January 25th in the Mount Hill/ Overview Hill area in Pembroke. No one was injured; however the suspect[s] stole a blue motocross cycle from the scene and fled in a westerly direction with police in pursuit.

At the time of his apprehension in Sandy’s and in threatening Police, Mr Benjamin is alleged to have said: “You think you’re bad because you’ve got a gun. You’re not the only one with a gun.”

Mr Benjamin was remanded into custody for a June trial.

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  1. Tee says:

    Lock his punk ass up 4EVER!!!!!!! DUMB ASS

    • Truth says:

      Yes lock him in the beautiful hotel called West Gate. Where he can eat all day and play with is boys. He’ll get a free education and come out to be a lawyer or a politician in the UBP/OBA.

      Fact not fiction!

      • Hmmm says:

        Yeah. The UBP/OBA has presided over the financial collapse of the island and the loss of thousands of jobs, while creating a mountain of debt all the while reducing the income of Bermudians. Remember the PLP were the ones who transformed Bermuda from a backwater tourist trap to a financial center and a world renowned insurance domicile.

        Wait… do I have that confused?

        • Me says:

          Racist ass …

          • Real Talk says:

            HMMM is not Racist He is stating FACTS . I can see who your uneducated vote goes towards!!

          • Typical says:

            It would take one to know one. Stop the nonsense and come together as a community for once.

          • Goose says:

            No, racist would be declaring that the PLP are inept because of the colour of their skin.

      • Judgement says:

        You think its a hotel how wrong you are

        • Prison life says:

          I have a relative who’s done time overseas and Westgate. He told me right up front prison life in Bermuda is a joke. I remember when he came home he said cuz I’m not going back again. Every since his time over there he has turned his life around.

          You can’t compare it to the one he was in everyday he was afraid for his life as the gangs in the prison controlled everything. He got a free pass since he was from Bermuda.

          Without going into too much detail the prison had 4 main gangs.
          The Whites Aryan Brotherhood,
          The Black Guerrilla Family,
          The Hispanic Latin Kings,
          The Mexican Mafia,

          He was placed in the group called “Other” and was scared as crap everyday not because he was a punk, but the gangs had the numbers.

      • Young Mind says:

        Which politician in the OBA went to jail? Is this a PLP joke or something?

      • What matters most... says:

        Or he can not further his education and join the PLP.

        Fact not fiction!

      • LOL (original TM*) says:

        Your being sacastic right? Talk about glass houses…………………..

        LOL let he who hath not sinned cast the first stone ……and no one did…

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  2. Come correct says:

    “You think your bad cuz you have a gun?”…Didn’t you just get arrested for a shooting?…Cut his hands off, gun and bike problem solved.

  3. k says:

    and mommy and daddy are stuck with the lawyers fees for these cowpollys!!!!!

    • Your a fool says:

      Don’t be a fool, the general public is paying his lawyers fees, how you think these thugs can afford to pay all this money. We are paying the lawyer, Magistrate and westgate. If he gets 10 years, he’ll be out in 5 years.

  4. Tee says:

    I wanna vote for a party with balls. A party that will think way way way way way outside the box, A party that wants to SLOW CRIME DOWN. A party that will attack these GOOD FOR NOTHING BAZZERDS. Attack with a really powerful and sound statement, Aparty that will no longer lock these fools up BUT WILL HAVE TOO, I MEAN HAVE TOO chop off both arms when you do major crimes. You wanna stop these b!tches from perpetrating a fraud, Wake up, and to you leaders stop bullsh!tting and get real. Look at crime in countries that do that punishment.. WAKE THE F… UP AND GET SOME BIG BALLS. PUNKS. And stop doing all this un called for crap because an election is coming.

    • Come correct says:

      So im not nucking futz thinking the same thing?! Look at saudi arabia, ok some of their laws are out-dated but…a second chance IMO is another chance to f*** up. Lets revise our laws and get strict about them! When people are walking through the streets of Hamilton with stumps instead of hands, for one people will look at them and say “well im not gonna do that” and 2 we dont have to worry about people re-offending…because we took their ability to do so. Harsh? Well every decision/action has an equal yet opposite re-ACTION!

  5. percy says:

    its truly a sad day, thieves go unpunished, drink drivers who damage peoples property get less punishment because they drive the same car as the person sentencing them and Government workers have to take a pay cut because someone “mismanged” the public $$$ and allowed others to steal it. The MP’s are taking a small hit in their pocket while the working man shoulders it all….wat a day it has been.


  6. k/hova says:

    man down……..