Elmer Nah trial continues
The trial of Elmer Nah, Epiphania and PC Manuel Caliz continued today before Magistrate Baja Shoman for the charges of unlicensed ammunitions. In today’s session, Nah, who is unrepresented called his first witness to testify. That witness, Police Corporal Richard Arnold, took responsibility for the firearm, ammunitions and bullet proof vest that was found inside a vehicle that Nah was driving. The incident dates back to November 2021 when Nah, his spouse, Epiphania Caliz and his brother in law, Manuel Caliz were stopped on the Southern Highway. The vehicle they were in was searched, and yielded for two set of bullets found in their possession, a total of 139 live rounds of ammunition, 135-.223 rounds and four 5.56 rounds, among other items. In the testimony today, Corporal Arnold told the court that he was given instructions by a superior to lend the red Nissan Bursa vehicle to Nah, which belonged to the Commander Operations Service Team. Arnold further stated that the items found in the vehicle were what he mistakenly left in the vehicle when he gave the keys to Nah. According to Corporal, he had given this same statement to police officers prior to the start of the trial. Both Nah and Caliz were charged internally and criminally, but have since won the case before the Police Tribunal back in August 2022. It is believed that the very same testimony provided by Corporal Arnold today, was the very same one that got the two men acquitted at the tribunal. Both Manuel and Epiphania Caliz are out on bail, while Nah remains on remand. While Nah is unrepresented, Manuel Caliz is represented by Attorney Leeroy Banner and Richard Dickie Bradley represents Epiphania. The case was further adjourned to June 12, 2023 when the defense plans to call two other witnesses.