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RBDF Officer Faces Court Over Firearm Offence

A Royal Bahamas Defence Force officer was arraigned in Magistrate’s Court on May 22 on five charges of possession of a firearm and ammunition in connection with the seizure of a loaded handgun in the Englerston constituency last weekend.

Doswell Coakley, 21, of Kildeer Drive in Monastery Park, stood before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt for Sunday’s incident, facing one count each of alleged possession of an unlicensed firearm, possession of ammunition, and possession of ammunition with intent to supply.

Coakley was also charged with possession of forged currency notes and possession of materials for forging notes. He pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.

According to police, around 7.30pm, officers assigned to the Mobile Division of the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) were on routine patrol in the area of Balfour Avenue and Miami Street when a Nissan Fuga was intercepted with two men inside.

The officers subsequently conducted a search of the vehicle and found a .9mm Smith and Wesson pistol along with 16 rounds of ammunition. The two men, one of whom was a RBDF officer, were taken into custody in connection with the seizure, according to the police report.

After pleading not guilty to all of the charges, Coakley was remanded to the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services (BDCS). The matter was adjourned to June 23, at which time a status hearing will be held.

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