Thursday 26 November, 2020

‘No love’ for Jamaican convict to be deported from Antigua on Sunday

A Jamaican man who was convicted on gun and ammunition charges in Antigua is to be deported to his homeland on Sunday.

Jason McLeod pleaded guilty to possession of a .38 revolver and five matching rounds of ammunition in February of this year, according to media reports.

The charges stemmed from a search that was conducted by the police of a house where McLeod resided in Sweetes, Antigua on February 4.

The illegal weapon and ammunition were found during the search.

McLeod was sentenced to one year in prison for possession of the firearm and three months for possession of the ammunition. Both sentences were ordered to run concurrently.

While it is not clear what caused his early release from prison, the Jamaican appeared in court on Wednesday in a bid to block his deportation from the eastern Caribbean island.

According to reports, he claimed that he had strong ties to the island through his girlfriend and his mother who both reside on the island.

But McLeod's girlfriend told the court that she was not residing with him at the time of his arrest, and she has no children for him.

His mother reportedly did "little" to support her McLeod’s claim that he had strong ties to the island.

The presiding judge subsequently granted the order to have McLeod removed from the country.

He is being held at police headquarters there until his scheduled deportation on Sunday.

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