[www.inewsguyana.com] – Twenty – one – year old Curtis Vasconcellos of Agricola, East Bank Demerara, was remanded to prison for the offences of robbery and discharging a loaded firearm.
The young man appeared before Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry, where he was not required to plead to the charges. He is accused of discharging a loaded firearm towards Neezam Khan on June 06 at Grove, East Bank Demerara, with intent to murder him.
It is also alleged that on the same day at Grove, being armed with a gun, he robbed Khan of one gold chain and a ring. He was represented by Attorney, Dexter Todd, who told the court that his client was riding a motorcycle when he heard shots and rode away.
The defence counsel disputed the police facts and stated that the firearm was not recovered on his client. Additionally, Todd argued that the ballistic test was not conducted to check for gunpowder residue.
The Court heard that Khan is a licensed firearm holder and on the day in question around 14:30 hrs, he was with his friends standing in front of a snackette when the accused and three other men rode up on two CG motorcycles and pointed a gun towards Khan, relieving him of the articles mentioned in the charge.
During the incident, Khan was shot to his left arm and the defendant made good his escape. Khan was subsequently taken to the Diamond Diagnostic Hospital.
Police Prosecutor Bharat Mangru successfully opposed bail after citing the seriousness and penalty attached to the offence. He further opposed bail on the grounds that an alleged gun was used in the commission of the offence. Bail was denied and the matter was adjourned to June 30.