What was a tilapia farmer doing with 12 guns and 2,140 rounds of assorted ammunition? Preparing for war?
Although he is presumed innocent until proven guilty, Nyron Goordial must explain what a farmer was doing with all that ammunition. At a time when the country is swamped with illegal guns causing mayhem and destruction through murder and robbery.
Goordial was denied bail for possession of the12 guns and 2,410 rounds of ammunition when he appeared at the Siparia Magistrates’ Court on Friday.
The charges alleged that Goordial, 40, had the two rifles, six pistols, four revolvers and the rounds of ammunition on December 20 at Jaipaulsingh Street, Barrackpore. He was not called upon to plea to the indictable charges laid.
Defence attorney Ravi Diptee requested bail, saying his client of Jaipaulsingh Street, Barrackpore was a former supervisor at a company which is now involved in tilapia farming. He also said Goordial had strong ties to his community and was extremely involved in charity events, including an upcoming Christmas treat for children.
Goordial, Diptee said, also cared for his parents and was not a flight risk.
Police prosecutor Sgt Starr Jacob objected to bail. She noted the quantum of the guns and the ammunition. She also said Goordial may abscond if granted bail.