El Culon jailed for five years on arms charges

A Venezue­lan nick­named El Cu­lon has been sent to prison for five years.

He was jailed af­ter plead­ing guilty to three charges in the Point Fortin Mag­is­trate' Court on Tues­day.

El Cu­lon, whose re­al name is Dar­win Gar­cia Gi­bori, 26, was ar­rest­ed with sev­en oth­er Venezue­lans as well as Trinida­di­an fish­er­man in Point Fortin two weeks ago for be­ing in pos­ses­sion of a firearm and am­mu­ni­tion.

Court pros­e­cu­tor Sgt Jessie Jit­mans­ingh said El Cu­lon was in a ham­mock when the po­lice ar­rived at a house at War­den Road, Cap-de-Ville Point Fortin.

They found a pis­tol and six rounds of .380 am­mu­ni­tion. El Cu­lon ad­mit­ted he was in pos­ses­sion of the firearm and the am­mu­ni­tion.

He al­so plead­ed guilty to en­ter­ing the coun­try il­le­gal­ly. Se­nior Mag­is­trate Ali­cia Chankar sen­tenced him to 36 months for the firearms, 12 months for the am­mu­ni­tion and 12 months for en­ter­ing the coun­try il­le­gal­ly.

The sen­tences were or­dered to run con­sec­u­tive­ly.

Two oth­er men - a 26-year-old Venezuela man and the Trinida­di­an fish­er­man, ap­peared in the same court last week charged with pos­ses­sion of a firearm and am­mu­ni­tion.

The Venezue­lan plead­ed guilty and he was sen­tenced to 24 months in jail for hav­ing the gun and 12 months for the am­mu­ni­tion.

The sen­tences were al­so or­dered to run con­sec­u­tive­ly. The Trinida­di­an plead­ed not guilty and was de­nied bail.

 - by Sascha Wilson 

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