21-year-old Bense woman denied bail for possession of high-powered rifles and ammunition

A 21-year-old Bense woman has been denied bail following the recovery by members of the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force (CDPF) of multiple firearms including  two high-powered rifles and several rounds of ammunition which were allegedly in her possession.

“On December 1, 2021, members of the Task Force Unit, Drug Squad and Special Service Unit (SSU) conducted a search on the premises of Francian Joseph of Bense which resulted in a seizure of two AR 15 rifles and 90 rounds of ammunition,” Superintendent of Police, Richmond Valentine earlier reported.

Subsequently, Joseph of Lovers Lane, Bense, appeared before Magistrate Bernard Pacquette in the Portsmouth Magistrate court last week where several charges were read to her.

The police alleges that on December 1, 2021, at Lovers Lane, Bense, Joseph had in her possession, one black 9mm Taurus G-2 series magazine, one 9mm Smith and Wesson magazine, a 55 live 5.56 caliber rounds of ammunition, 35 live 9mm rounds, one black semi-automatic AR-15 rifle serial number-17002890 and one black semi-automatic AR-15 pistol serial number unknown, without being the holder of a valid license for any of the items.

The police also laid a charge against her for engaging in the unlawful movement of one black 9mm Taurus G-2 series magazine, one 9mm Smith and Wesson magazine, 55 live 5.56 caliber rounds ammunition, 35 live 9mm rounds, one black semi-automatic AR-15 rifle serial number-17002890, and one black semi-automatic AR-15 pistol, without being the holder of a firearms and ammunitions license.

At the hearing, the police prosecutor objected to bail stating that due to the nature of the offense and the penalty attached, the defendant may attempt to abscond justice if granted bail.

The presiding magistrate agreed and denied bail to the 21-year-old who was then remanded into custody at the Dominica State Prison.

The matter was adjourned to March 2022.

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  1. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    December 16, 2021

    Murderers and thives are granted bail, there are theives in government stealing the treasury blind, they are allowed to walk freely.
    Nevertheless, a young kid is caught with a high powered gun, and the justice system refuses her bail!
    That is a level level beyond injustice.

  2. I-man
    December 14, 2021

    Maybe she was just getting ready to help Free her country. She should be set free. How much ammunition and guns does the law allow a citizen of Dominica to possess? Do we have such a law? Let de lady go, man..choops tan.

  3. lmckoy
    December 14, 2021

    If she is only 21 years old and have access to such firearms and ammunition, it’s very likely she is not alone in this matter. The first question is, what were her intentions? Is she a re-seller or was she part of a greater plan to attack Dominican entities? The Dominican justice system should take all actions to get to the bottom of this matter, even if it means getting external assistance.

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    • Lin clown
      December 15, 2021

      MINE,these weapons were for sale,you talking about AR-15 this weapon is designed to fire 5.56 cal.just like the M16A2 and the M4 canine.It is semiautomatic and can be modified to use other rounds of ammo.Being found with a firearm without being the holder of a firearms licence carries a penalty of 7 years in jail.Being found with ammunition carries the same penalty.I believe she should be bailed in the sum of$200,000.

  4. mine
    December 13, 2021

    What she did was 21 years old female with all these weapons am wondering if she was going to fight war, but denied her bail doesn’t make sense, whereas murderers are out on the streets on bail.

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  5. Man bite dogs
    December 13, 2021

    Don’t let her get away because that will encourage others to do the same, anything wicked and nasty that is what stupid people will go for and follow even to kill for a dollar or two Dominica, is a easy going country and to many people is taking advantages of the law and other situations that crap must be addressed sooner than later!!

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  6. unknown
    December 13, 2021

    bail denied for firearms charges, yet there are several accused murderers out on bail.
    murders have been caught on camera, yet the accused are out on bail.

    does not make much sense at all
    how about the police that killed a man that was in their custody……..

    dominica can be real backwards at times.

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    • Pete
      December 17, 2021

      Don’t worry too much. They have not found that golden bullet… so there is still hope for the end of the tyranny.

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