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Nursing student freed of gun charges

A 32-year-old student nurse was freed of gun related charges on Thursday in the Supreme Court.

Sidonie Ford, of a St. Catherine address, was found not guilty at the end of her trial.

The prosecution led evidence that on September 22, 2021, the police intercepted a mini bus in the vicinity of AML Service Station in Spanish Town, St. Catherine, in which Ms. Ford and others were passengers.

Police officers gave evidence that a garbage bag was found in the possession of Ms. Ford. 

When asked by the police officers what was contained in the bag, Ms. Ford said she had been asked by her brother to collect some clothes from his girlfriend's house from whom he had recently separated.

The bag was searched and a .38 revolver with several rounds of ammunition was found, wrapped in a sweater along with other male clothing. 

One of the police officers testified that Ms. Ford was unable to give any information concerning the whereabouts of her brother.

However, under cross examination, one of her attorneys, Peter Champagnie, K.C., challenged the policeman's account. 

The policeman admitted that Ms. Ford had given information about her brother's aunt and that the aunt did in fact attend the police station and give a statement concerning the whereabouts of the brother.

Mr. Champagnie also suggested to the officer that Ms. Ford was not acting in a suspicious manner to suggest that she was aware that a firearm was in the bag. 

At the end of the trial, the judge found that there was nothing in the conduct of Ms. Ford which suggested that she had knowledge of the firearm and ammunition in the bag.