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Man who shot himself in the hand jailed for six years in Bermuda

Sunday, March 18, 2018

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HAMILTON, Bermuda (CMC) — A 24-year-old man who accidentally shot himself in the hand with a home-made gun has been jailed for six years by a Supreme Court judge.

Shayne James who was earlier convicted by a jury on two charges that of handling a firearm and discharging it, was sentenced on Thursday.

Puisne Judge Carlisle Greaves, who took into account James’ age, character references and reports, said there was a marked difference between the homemade firearm and manufactured firearms that “wreak havoc on the community”.

James was remanded in custody last September after a Supreme Court jury found him guilty of the offences, which occurred in August 2016.

He had denied both charges.

The court heard that James arrived at the hospital with a single gunshot wound to his left hand, claiming he suffered the injury when a man approached him and pointed a gun in his face.

Prosecutors said James was evasive when asked about the incident and unable to provide officers with a description of the alleged shooter.

A police canine unit was sent to the scene found a pool of blood on a road in Pembroke parish and a spring coil in the blood trail.

Police followed the trail and found a home-made firearm – a pipe gun- hidden in a banana tree nearby.

They also discovered a bullet head in a wall, which appeared to have lodged there after it was fired.

Forensic samples were also taken and an empty cartridge was found inside the weapon.

Tests showed that samples found on the pipe gun matched James’ DNA.

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