Dancehall artiste Tommy Lee Sparta will return to court on February 3 to answer to illegal gun and ammunition possession charges.

The deejay’s case was heard Wednesday in the Gun Court division of the Home Circuit Court, but he was remanded into custody. It was not immediately clear if his lawyers had attempted to secure bail for the ‘Blessings’ artiste.

The case was heard in camera, that is, in private.  Cases which are heard in camera most times take place in the private chambers of a judge, with the press and public excluded.

The deejay, who has had several run-ins with the law, is being represented by Donahue Martin, along with Queen’s Counsel Tom Tavares-Finson.

Tommy Lee, whose real name is Leroy Russell, was arrested on December 14 by members of the JCF’s Specialised Operations unit after a Toyota Mark X motor vehicle in which he was travelling was intercepted on Holborn Road, St Andrew, searched.  A firearm was allegedly found in his waistband.

The firearm, a 9mm pistol, also contained an extended magazine with 18 rounds of ammunition.


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