DPP to appeal 4-year sentence given to man convicted under new Firearms Act

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) says it will review and appeal a four-year and three-month sentence, handed down to a man, hit with firearm charges.


In December last year, 28-year-old Dennis Mundell, pleaded guilty to illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.


He was sentenced to four years and six months in prison, but three months were deducted, for time already spent behind bars.


Mundell’s sentencing sparked concerns among some members of the public, over whether it was appropriate, in accordance with the new firearms act, which came into effect on November 1, last year.


Persons found in breach of the act, will face no less than 15 years in prison. The government said the mandatory minimum 15 years, is a part of efforts to rid the country of guns and violence.


In a statement last evening, the ODPP said, it has noted the concerns of the public, and upon further consultation and review of the act, and the specific facts of this case, it will appeal Mundell’s sentence.


The ODPP said, it will take the appropriate administrative steps this week.


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