Former national cyclist Hamzah Eastman was last Thursday released on $150,000 High Court bail on firearm-related charges The bail was granted by High Court Judge Navindra Singh. He was charged with the offenses on November 10, 2020, but was refused bail by Magistrate Leron Daly.
The particulars of the first charge stated that on November 07, 2020, at Cane View Avenue Roxanne Burnham Gardens, Eastman had a .32 revolver in his possession when he was not the holder of a firearm license. It was further alleged that on the same at the same location, he had four .32 live rounds of ammunition in his possession when he was not the holder of a firearm licence.
According to Eastman’s lawyer Bernard DaSilva, on the day in question, Eastman was standing with a group of friends on the road when a marked Police vehicle drove past them. The vehicle then stopped and revered. Upon seeing this, Eastman’s friend fled the scene leaving him alone behind. The lawyer said that the police picked up a gun not far from where Eastman was standing.
In the application, DaSilva urged the court to release his client on bail because there is a likelihood, he might not be afforded a trial within a reasonable time. The lawyer added that the inhumane and unhygienic conditions at the prison put his client at risk of contracting the deadly COVID-19.
Eastman’s next court date is fixed for November 27, before Magistrate Daly.