In the dock: Alvone Maybury, 24, leaves Supreme Court flanked by corrections officers earlier this week. He denies firearms charges. *File photo by Kageaki Smith
In the dock: Alvone Maybury, 24, leaves Supreme Court flanked by corrections officers earlier this week. He denies firearms charges. *File photo by Kageaki Smith
An alleged gang member offered to strike a deal with police to help them recover a firearm, a court heard yesterday.

Detectives say Alvone Maybury offered to give them information in exchange for not being prosecuted over a photo on his cell phone in which he is holding what appears to be a gun.

The 24-year-old is accused of firing a gun at members of the Parkside gang on Reid Street, Hamilton, on December 18.

It has been said he is linked to rival gang 42.

Mr. Maybury, of no fixed abode, denies charges of possessing a firearm and ammunition and discharging a firearm.

Statement

Crown counsel Maria Sofianos read out to the Supreme Court a statement by Detective Inspector Calvin Smith of the Serious Crime Unit.

It stated that on January 12 he received a call from Detective Constables Rohan Henry and Leroy Mathvrin, who were interviewing the defendant.

D.I. Smith said: “The officers reported to me that Maybury had volunteered information in relation to persons in connection with a firearm.”

The next day, D.C. Henry told him that Mr. Maybury’s lawyer, Llewellyn Peniston, wanted to meet.

The talks were held at Hamilton Police Station.

DI Smith said: “Mr. Peniston indicated their intention to assist police in the recovery of a firearm. He requested that for his (Mr. Maybury’s) assistance, the police not pursue a charge against Alvone Maybury for a photo depicted on his cellphone of Maybury handling what appeared to be a firearm. I agreed with this request.”

DI Smith said he issued a search warrant at an address in Spring Benny Road, Sandys.

No evidence was recovered when officers searched the premises but on January 14, as detectives continued interviewing Mr. Maybury, police found a firearm in a dumpster behind Traditions Restaurant in Sandys at 10:30pm. The unloaded 9mm Beretta semi-automatic handgun was wrapped in a red and white bandana and placed in a canvas bag inside a box.

The trial continues.