24-year-old appears in court for stealing car…fifth time charged with similar offence

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A 24-year-old patient of the National Psychiatric Hospital was today taken before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan, at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts charged with stealing a car, his fifth offence of this nature.

Raymond Samaroo of Lot 20 Owen Street, Kitty, Georgetown, was not required to plead to the indictable charge, which stated that on March 17, at Kitty, he stole a Premio motorcar valued $1.7 million and $15,000 cash, property of the Virtual Complainant (VC) Fareeda Hamid.

Raymond Samaroo
Raymond Samaroo

The Prosecutor objected to bail on the grounds that the accused has several similar matters pending before the courts.

However, the Prosecution’s objection to bail was overruled and Samaroo was granted $75,000 bail.

The case will continue April 25.

The accused has been previously charged for four offences similar in nature. On June 27, 2015 while on Sheriff Street, Georgetown, he stole a motor car bearing registration number PHH 5935 valued $5 million from Rishi Lall.

Also, he stole the same car on June 28 from the vicinity of the Kitty Police Station on Alexander Street, Kitty, Georgetown. Initially, when Samaroo hijacked the car, the VC’s girlfriend was still seated inside and had to jump out of the moving vehicle to avoid abduction.  He was charged for this offence, and this matter is before the Court.

Also,  on Monday, August 3, 2015, at 35 Garnett Street, Campbellville, he stole one Honda CRV motorcar valued $5 million, one Samsung cellular phone valued $25,000 and $30,000 cash; all to a total value of $5,055,000 property of Rhonda Joaquin. On that occasion, the owner was parked in front of her yard and was about to exit the vehicle when the accused rushed into the vehicle, forcing her to exit, and drove off with it. He subsequently drove through two Police road blocks, nearly injuring two officers in the process.

He also has several other matters before the Courts. Previously, an order was made for the accused to be mentally evaluated so as to ascertain whether or not he is fit for trial. This was done, and it was revealed that he was capable of being tried.

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