ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – The son of a former Dominica prime minister has been convicted and fined EC$40,000 (US$14,981) after he pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm and three rounds of ammunition.
Magistrate Joan Fung also imposed an alternative two-year prison sentence on each count if the monies are not paid and ordered that Joel Seraphine be remanded to prison until this was done.
Seraphine, 26, was arrested and charged after he was found with the illegal weapon and ammunition on December 14 while the police were executing a search warrant.
His attorney, Ralph Francis, said his client, who was previously deported from Antigua found his way back into the country to collect outstanding monies owed to him.
The magistrate ordered that Seraphine be deported once he pays the fine or completes the prison term.
His father, Oliver Seraphine served as Dominica’s prime minister from 1979 to 1980 following the collapse of the Patrick John regime.