Damian Glasgow, a 33-year-old mechanic of Glen who unlawfully discharged his friend Carl Davis’ licensed firearm in the air three times, was fined a total of $11,500 on Monday for his action.
Glasgow was fined $9,500 for possession of the gun, a 9mm pistol, without license. He was ordered to pay $2,000 of that forthwith, or three months in prison, and the balance by August 1, or eight months behind bars.
For unlawfully discharging the loaded firearm, Glasgow was fined $2,000 forthwith, or three months in prison.
Glasgow had pleaded guilty to both charges when he initially appeared at the Serious Offences Court on Thursday February 10, but Chief Magistrate Rechanne Browne adjourned sentencing, following a mitigation plea from his, lawyer Grant Connell, and recommendation on sentencing from Prosecutor Renrick Cato.
The facts as presented in Court revealed that around 1am on January 31, Davis parked his vehicle next to a bar at Calder and exited, leaving his licensed firearm under the driver’s seat.
As Davis was leaving the vehicle Glasgow, who was in the area, greeted him with a friendly lift. Glasgow then went to Davis’ vehicle, removed the gun, and fired three shots in the air, then replaced it. He was said to be seen by a police officer on duty in the area.
The gun was loaded with 31 rounds of ammunition, but Glasgow was not charged with possession of the bullets.
In mitigation, Connell asked the Court to impose a fine. He noted that Glasgow had no previous conviction, pleaded guilty at the first available opportunity, was remorseful, cooperated with the police, and that he was a man of good character.
Connell told the Court that his client said he took the firearm from the front seat of the vehicle, and from under the seat as the facts stated.
The lawyer added that his client was at the time intoxicated, and after he discharged the three rounds of ammunition in the air, he replaced the gun with the remaining 28 bullets.
A Justice of the Peace, who is familiar with Glasgow and was called as a character witness, said that Glasgow was a quiet individual.
But Prosecutor Cato recommended a prison sentence of 21 months.
He pointed out that Glasgow was intoxicated, and endangered his own life, as well as the lives of others. He noted that the gun was loaded with 31 rounds of ammunition, of which Glasgow fired three rounds. The prosecutor added that police officers were on patrol in the area at the time, and one officer said he saw Glasgow with the gun in his hand, and heard what appeared to be the sound of gunshots.
Cato also stressed the prevalence of firearm related offences here.
The Chief Magistrate imposed the fines after weighing the mitigating and aggravating factors, and applying sentencing guidelines.