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Man sentenced to 3 years

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Twenty-seven year old Nicoli Rhys, who was charged with the murder of 31 year old taxi driver Luis Moh, was sentenced to three years imprisonment today by the Chief Magistrate, Sharon Fraser, after she found him guilty of kept firearm and ammunition without a gun license. She had sentenced him to three years for each offence but she stipulated that the sentences are to run concurrently so, he will only serve three years. The firearm and ammunition charges are an incident that occurred on May 7, 2015 in which the police reported that they were patrolling Dean Street and when they approached Rhys he ran and tripped over a cement block and a gun fell from the waist of his pants. The police said that it was a nine millimeter pistol with nine rounds of ammunition in its magazine. Rhys testified and denied that he was at the scene. He said that he was in Belmopan at the time of the incident and that the police made up the entire incident. While giving her decision, Chief Magistrate Fraser said that she found it hard to believe that the police would make up a story like that without any reason and Rhys did not offer to give a reason why they would fabricate the incident.

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