Monday 25 May, 2020

Bois D’Orange man denied bail after arsenal found at residence

A 39-year-old Bois D’Orange man has been denied bail after he was arrested and charged for illegal firearm possession following police officers with search warrants in hand finding an arsenal at his residence.

During a joint police operation executed at the Bois D’Orange residence of Cuthbert Timaitre on February 15 at approximately 2.15 pm, law enforcement officials found 239 rounds of ammunition of various caliber, two stun grenades and a submachine gun.

Timaitre was taken into custody and charged for possession of a firearm without a valid license, possession of ammunition without a valid license and two counts of possession of prohibited weapons.

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He was taken to court before a magistrate on Monday, February 17, 2020, to answer to the charges and has been denied bail.

A stun grenade is a non-lethal explosive device used to temporarily disorient an enemy's senses. It is designed to produce a blinding flash of light and an intensely loud "bang"

The flash is blinding to the eyes for approximately five seconds. Afterwards, the victim perceives an afterimage that impairs their aim. The sheer volume of the detonation also causes temporary deafness in the victim and disturbs the fluid in the ear, causing a loss of balance.

The decision by the magistrate to deny bail comes amid growing public outrage after a male individual was granted bail in the sum of $13,000 in January after he was found to be in possession of a high-powered assault rifle during a police operation.

Cuthbert Timaitre has been remanded at the Bordelais Correctional Facility until April 8, 2020, when he is scheduled to make another court appearance.

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