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$200,000 bail for soldier on gun charge

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Kareem Burton

A soldier and another man, who were allegedly held with a pistol, 140 rounds of ammunition and firearm components, were granted a combined $.5 million bail in the Princes Town Magistrates Court yesterday.

Kareem Burton, 23, and Antares Khan, 25, were not called to plead to any of the charges when they appeared before Senior Magistrate Gail Gonzales.

 The men, both of Princes Town, were arrested on Monday at Indian Walk, Princes Town, after police intercepted a car in which they were allegedly passengers.

 The charges alleged that at Loney Road, they had in their possession a Taurus 9mm pistol; 30 rounds of .9 mm ammunition; components of a firearm namely two extended magazines and 107 rounds of  .9 mm ammunition, one round of 7.62 ammunition and two rounds of .40 calibre ammunition.

In asking for bail, attorney Keith Beckles said Burton was a serving member of the T&T Regiment with no previous convictions or pending matters. He said Khan had one pending matter, but no previous convictions. He also submitted that both men were not flight risks.

Burton was granted $200,000 bail while Khan was granted $300,000 bail, both with clerk of the peace approval. The matter was adjourned to March 1 for disclosure.


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