Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator
In overturning the conviction of St James businessman Cheddi Creighton, the Court of Appeal has frowned on the fact that he
was convicted of a breach of the Firearms Act because he
did not have a safe at his
house when his
licensed firearm was stolen.
In March, Creighton was found guilty of losing his
firearm through negligence on May 20, 2013 and fined $80,000 or three months' imprisonment.
paid the fine.
had reported to the police that he
went home and found the house broken into and his
firearm stolen from his
laptop computer bag.
The police went to his
home, located in a gated community in Ironshore, St James, and took latent fingerprints from the front door as well as Creighton's fingerprints.
However, at the time of his
trial, the fingerprints were not presented.
Creighton gave an unsworn statement at his
trial that on the day of the incident, he
secured the firearm in his
house, which was well secured.
He said he was never convicted of any offence and had exhibited caution over the 13 years that he had been a licensed firearm holder.
He said he was a director of the chamber of commerce and a member of the St James police civic committee.