Man Jailed For 12 Years For Ammunition

October 17, 2022

A 31-year-old man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for possessing 32 rounds of ammunition.

The ruling said, “The Accused, Mr. Christopher Perinchief, appears before the Court for sentence, upon his guilty plea entered on 21 June 2022, to the single Count on Indictment No. 7 of 2022 charging him with possession of 32 rounds of ammunition without holding a valid licence, contrary to section 3 [1][a] of the Firearms Act 1973.”

“One of the principles of sentence of particular relevance in this case is the need to deter other potential offenders who are minded to commit similar offences. In Bermuda firearm offences are a serious community problem, one which has terrorized numerous families. Gun crime has, many would say, destroyed the fabric of Bermudian culture.

“In this case, I have taken into account the Defendant’s early guilty plea and his previous good character in that he has no previous convictions.

“Accepting that a sentence of 14-15 years would have been imposed if this matter had been tried and in the exercise of this Court’s full sentencing powers [including its powers to determine a proportionate sentence under section 54] I hereby pass a sentence of 12 years imprisonment.”

The Court’s ruling follows below [PDF here]:

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