From the Courts
October 4, 2022
Elderly Vermont man on assault, firearm, ammunition charges

An elderly farmer of Vermont was granted bail in the sum of $10,000 when he appeared in the Serious Offences Court last Tuesday, September 27 to answer several charges including for possession of illegal firearms.

Sanford Charles, 80 is charged with two counts of assault; possession of an offensive weapon; possession of an unlicensed firearm; and possession of unlicensed ammunition.

The police said in a release that Charles was arrested and charged on Monday, September 26,2022.

He is accused of allegedly assaulting a 36-year-old agricultural instructor and a 27 year-old labourer of Barrouallie by pointing a gun at them with intent to commit bodily harm. He was further charged for having a gun in his possession without lawful excuse in Queensbury Public Road, Vermont.

Charles was additionally charged for having in his possession one Smith and Wesson Revolver and six rounds of .38 ammunition without a license issued under the Firearms Act. The incidents are said to have occurred in Vermont on 24th and 25th September, 2022.

Charles pleaded not guilty when he appeared in court and was granted $10,000 bail with one surety and ordered to report to the Vermont Police Station every Wednesday between 6:00 a.m and 8:00 p.m. The matter was adjourned to Thursday, November 3, 2022.