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Dancehall artiste Rytical charged with illegal possession of firearm


East Syde rising star Rytical was arrested and charged for illegal possession of firearm and ammunition at 8 Miles, Bull Bay yesterday.

The artiste, whose real name is Rohan McFarlane, reportedly spent the night in a jail cell at the Bull Bay Police Station. Checks with his management team confirmed that the deejay was in custody but they were tight-lipped with the details.

"We already have a lawyer in place to deal with the situation," a representative from East Syde Records said. Reports from the Elletson Road police are that about midday, police were on patrol in the community when McFarlane, 25, was seen acting in a manner that aroused the suspicion of the police. He was questioned and his car searched and a Taurus .380 pistol with 12 rounds of ammunition found. He was subsequently arrested and charged. He's expected to spend the weekend in jail.

Rytical, who is known for the singles, 'Cookie Jar' and 'King Inna War', is the third deejay who has been charged with illegal possession of firearm in the last four months.

In December, the deejay, Laden, whose real name is Okeefe Aarons, was sentenced to four years imprisonment for Illegal possession of firearm and 18 months for Illegal possession of ammunition, both sentences to run concurrently, that is to run together, so he will serve a maximum of 4 years.

Another dancehall star, Tommy Lee Sparta, 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 found in his waistband. The firearm, a 9mm pistol, also contained an extended magazine with 18 rounds of ammunition. He returns to court on February 3.

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