A 46-year-old man of 222 Side Line, East La Penitence, Georgetown, appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to answer to two charges.
However, the man claimed that his sister paid the Police to arrest him, so that she could have full ownership of a piece of land his deceased mother left to both of them.
Theodore King is facing charges of robbery under arms and escaping lawful custody; he denied both charges and registered a not-guilty plea.
The first charge stated that on August 27, 2016, at Regent Street, Georgetown, armed with a knife, he robbed Angelica Seeraj of two gold bands valued G$100,000. The second charge stated that on the same day at the Brickdam Police Station, while he was in lawful custody for a criminal offence, he escaped from custody.
The prosecution stated that the man escaped from a window in the Brickdam Police Station. He was recaptured the same day, arrested and charged.
The unrepresented King told the court that he had no knowledge of the allegations being levelled against him. He explained that he did not escape from the Police Station, but simply left the premises.
Further, King related that he spoke to an officer at the Station and explained that he knew nothing of the robbery charge against him. After some time waiting on the bench, he decided to walk out, since he had left his six children alone.
Chief Magistrate McLennan asked the defendant if he had ever made a report, but he replied in the negative, stating that his sister ‘owned’ the Police outpost in his community, since she once hired the Police to seize his electronics. He claimed his girlfriend has all of the receipts for the items they bought and he was now trying to build a life, but his sister was not giving him a chance.
King stressed that he knew nothing about robbing anyone of any jewellery. He maintained that he was a hardworking and changed man, while admitting to committing previous offences. He said he was a Muslim and had changed his life for the better.
King was granted bail in the sum of $50,000, and was scheduled to make his next court appearance on October 6, 2016.