Construction worker remanded on armed robbery charge

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Deon Clarke. [Photo Credit: Guyana Times]
Deon Clarke. [Photo Credit: Guyana Times]
[www.inewsguyana.com] – A construction worker of East Ruimveldt, Georgetown was remanded to prison on Tuesday, January 20 by Chief Magistrate, Priya Sewnarine – Beharry on two charges: armed robbery and attempt to commit a felony.

Deon Clarke pleaded not guilty to the charges, particulars of the first which alleged that on January 06 at Middle and Carmichael Streets, Georgetown, while in the company of another and being armed with a knife, he robbed Lakeram Rooplall of one cellular phone DL900 valued $25,000, a $1,200 wallet and $5000 cash.

It is also alleged that while being together with another and armed with a knife, he attempted to commit a felony, that is to say he attempted to rob Delroy Griffith. He pleaded not guilty.

Police Prosecutor Michael Grant told the Court that around 12:30 hours that day, the two were at the Promenade Gardens when the defendant and an accomplice, both armed with knives, approached them and placed the weapon to their necks.

Grant said they managed to relieve Rooplall of his possessions but as they tried to rob Griffith, public spirited citizens came to their rescue. They escaped but the matter was reported to the Brickdam Police Station.

Acting on information received the police were able to apprehend Clarke. Grant said the defendant was identified by the virtual complainants (VC) as one of the men who committed the offence.

In Court, the defendant claimed that he was in the Gardens but denied committing the robbery. Bail was objected to by the Prosecutor on several grounds.

He was denied bail and the case will be called again on February 13 for statements.

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