Ex-convict gets bail for allegedly abusing, threatening cousin

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A former convict of West Bank Demerara (WBD) is once again before the court but this time on allegations that he verbally abused and threatened his cousin.

34-year-old Junior Forester of Lot 156, Patentia East, WBD, appeared before Magistrate Roschelle Liverpool at the Wales Magistrate’s Court on Thursday where he was arraigned for using abusive language against his cousin, James Forester, of Lot 2 Stanleytown, WBD on December 18, 2017.

The police further alleged that on that same date, he also used threatening language towards his cousin at the same premises. The defendant initially entered a guilty plea with explanation but based his account of what transpired; the court entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.

Forrester, who says he now works at a wash bay in Stanleytown, admitted that he had spent 18 months in prison for a robbery charge.

As the prosecution had no objections to bail, Magistrate Liverpool granted the accused $10,000 bail. He will return to court on March 15, for report and fixtures.

During August 2016, Junior Forester was found guilty of possession of stolen items. The particulars of the previous charge had stated that on August 12, 2016, between 06:30hrs and 08:15hrs, he broke and entered the dwelling house of David Ambedkar at Lot 47 Area L, Patentia Housing Scheme, WBD, and stole a quantity of jewellery, $80,000 in cash, two wrist watches and an iPhone, amounting to $500,000.

During his trial for that matter last year, Forrestor denied that he had entered Ambedkar’s house. However, he did admit that he bought the watches from a man called “Todd” for $10,000, and thereby entered a guilty plea on possession of stolen property.

It was on these grounds and other surrounding factors such as a previous conviction that landed him in jail for 18 months.

The Prosecution’s case had stated that Forrester was seen leaving Ambedkar’s home on the morning of the robbery. Acting on this lead, the Police carried out a search on his home where the two watches were discovered.

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