Ex-Cop jailed, two others remanded for illegal gun, ammo
Devon Chase, a former policeman who served in the Tactical Service Unit (TSU) for five years, was jailed for a total of four years and fined $60,000 for an unlicensed gun and matching ammunition he kept in his possession for protection. Chase, 30, of Albouystown, Georgetown; Frederick Boyce, 32, of East Coast Demerara and Eloy Livan, 28, of , Georgetown; were captured by police during a high speed chase on Monday 14, last, at Lamaha and Republic Streets, Newtown, Georgetown. The former cop and the men were occupants of a heavily-tinted silver grey Toyota Premio, bearing fake registration number HB 7412.
The vehicle was pursued by two policemen on motorcycles after the occupants of the vehicle were observed to be acting suspiciously. According to reports, on the day in question, police received information that some men in a car were planning to rob a gas station. Soon after, the heavily-tinted car fitting the description was spotted by ranks from Impact Base. The driver of the car upon seeing the police vehicle reportedly accelerated and eventually led police on a high speed chase in Georgetown. The chase ended after the car crashed, coming to a halt in a ditch. Calvin Brutus, Commander of Police ‘A’ Division confirmed that a 9mm Taurus pistol and 10 live rounds were found in the car. Monday, the men appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts just after noon. They were indicated for illegal firearm and ammunition; robbery under-arms and fraudulently imitating identification marks on a registered motorcar.
They were jointly charged for allegedly having the firearm in their possession when they were not holders of firearms licenses on November 14. It was further alleged that they had 10 live rounds of ammunition. Chase, who was represented by Attorney Bettina Glasford, pleaded guilty to the charge; his coaccused pleaded not guilty.