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Man accused of importing bullet-making machine offered bail

BY TANESHA MUNDLE Observer staff reporter mundlet@jamaicaobserver.com

Saturday, January 04, 2014    

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THE businessman implicated in the recent seizure of a bullet-making machine, more than 3,000 rounds of ammunition, and items used to make bullets, was Thursday offered bail in the sum of $300,000.

The accused, Oneil Schrouder, was offered the bail following an application by Queen's Counsel K Churchill Neita in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.

Schrouder, a 34-year-old automotive finishing trader of Chains Roads, in Mandeville, Manchester, was taken into custody after he turned himself into the police following the find at the port of Kingston on November 28 last year.

Along with the machine and nine millimetre bullets, gun powder, lead bars, weight, targets and other items, relating to the making of bullets were allegedly discovered among the shipment.

Schrouder's name and address were reportedly on the label of the barrels and boxes in which the items were discovered. He has been charged with breaches of the Importation of Dangerous Explosives Act, the importation of prohibited goods, and making a false declaration.

During the bail application on Thursday, Neita told Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey that his client had purchased the goods in the United States to set up his own shooting range and had no criminal intentions.

Neita also said that his client was not a flight risk as he had turned himself in to police when they asked him to report.

He is scheduled to return to court on February 6.

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