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A man who allegedly assaulted his ex-girlfriend and mother of his two children, directed Police Officers to the living room of his home where he had an illegal loaded firearm.
Today, August 20, Trevor Penn, 23 of Duff's Bottom pleaded guilty to keeping an unlicensed firearm [9mm], unlawful possession of explosives [41 rounds] and unlawful possession of a controlled drug [8.5 grams of cannabis]. However, he pleaded not guilty to the charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm committed on his ex.
According to Police investigations, the alleged domestic assault led to the seizure of the loaded firearm at his home.
The court heard that the woman went to Penn's home on Monday, August 6 following the Rise and Shine Tramp to pick up their three year-old daughter. The woman had plans to take the child to the August Monday Parade; however, Penn refused to give the child to the mother and an argument ensued.
Principal Crown Counsel Tiffany Scatliffe said Penn then "held her around her mouth". Scatliffe said that the accused then climbed to the top of the closet and picked up what appeared to be a gun and told the woman, "I feel like killing you today."
The complainant then begged for her life and she left the Duff's Bottom home.
Scatliffe said on August 15, Penn was dropping the complainant to work and during that time, they got into an argument in the area of the car wash at Duff's Bottom where he slapped her and then in the area of Prospect Reef, he slapped her again. However, this time the woman asked to be let out of the vehicle and she took another ride to work.
A report was made to the Police Station.
Meanwhile, in relation to the gun charges, Scatliffe said on August 16, armed with a search warrant, officers visited Penn's home and began to search the premises. During the search, a small quantity of what was suspected to be cannabis was found in the drawer of the dressing table in the bedroom.
Penn, who was present during the search, allegedly told officers that the marijuana belonged to him and "it was just a small smoke".
Following the cannabis find, Penn told Police Officers that he had a gun in the living room in a bag. He then directed them to the area and the bag which contained the gun was found. The gun was loaded with eight rounds of ammunition, while 33 other rounds were found separately.
At the time, Penn allegedly told Police, "They are mine to protect me because me alone live up here."
However, during an audio/video interview, Penn stated that a friend gave him the gun to hold because Police Officers were going to search the friend's house.
Scatliffe had stated that the crown does not object to Penn being granted bail; however, Magistrate Tamia Richards said he pleaded guilty to firearm offenses and cannot get bail.
"He is not getting any bail. Are you [Scatliffe] going to take him home with you?" the Magistrate asked.
Penn's Lawyer, Jamal Smith will conduct a plea during mitigation for his client on August 24 during a sentencing hearing. Penn has been remanded to prison.