A Wesley  man, who pleaded guilty to discharging two firearms in public in his community, now have to pay almost $10,000 to the court today (February 3) or he could go to jail for two years.

Roger Samuel was fined $4,000 to be paid forthwith for the possession of  a firearm or he will spend nine months in prison. He was also fined $4,000 forthwith for the possession of ammunition. In default, he will spend another nine months in jail.

Samuel was ordered to pay two fines of $750 for discharging a 1.357 magnum revolver and 6.38 special ammunition in Wesley respectively. If he does not pay these sums today, he will face an additional six months in prison.

In mitigation, Samuel told the court that he was a fisherman who had found the firearms on a buoy while at sea and had kept them for two months.

Magistrate Candia George told the defendant that he should have turned over the weapons to the police as there had been gun amnesties in effect for some time now.