Just a few months after he was released on bail pending the “Wild Caught Fresh Fish Depot” robbery trial, Marvin Blackman found himself yet again before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts for illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition, on Monday morning.
City Magistrate Judy Latchman read that on August 8, 2017, at South Ruimveldt Georgetown, Blackman was found to be in possession of seven live 9mm ammunition and one 9mm pistol without being the holder of a firearm licence.
Defence counsel in a failed submission for bail related that Blackman is 25-years of age, permanently residing in North Ruimveldt, Georgetown and is expecting a child from a common-law union.
The court further heard that the accused has armed robbery charges pending in Court Five of the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts and as such, Police Prosecutor Shawn Gonsalves, objected to bail on the grounds that no special reasons were advanced by defense counsel as he further revealed that the accused had allegedly committed the said felony while on bail pending the robbery trial; adding weight to his argument.
Bail was refused and the accused was remanded to prison until August 28 when the matter will be called again before Magistrate Latchman.
Blackman was late last year charged along with two others – Jason Brotherson and Neesan Benny – for allegedly robbing Shane Robin of $560,000 in cash and fishing equipment, a total value of $2,560,000 on December 2, 2016, at Meadow Bank, East Bank Demerara.
According to media reports, on the day in question, one bandit was shot by Police while another was apprehended and a third made good his escape following the burglary.
The injured bandit was shot to both of his legs by Police ranks who responded to the report of a robbery at the fish depot at about 00:45h. Blackman was apprehended at the site and according to reports, he was found hiding in the ceiling by ranks of the Guyana Police Force. (Paula Gomes)