Freed murder accused remanded on attempted murder/robbery under arm charges

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Carlton Bourne, 23, of Norton and Chapel Streets Georgetown on Monday found himself in hot water again after he appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts slapped with three counts of armed robbery and one count of attempted murder.

Accused: Carlton Bourne

Bourne who was released from prison in March after being freed of a murder charge was not required to plead to the first charge when it was read by Senior Magistrate Judy Latchman which stated that on July 27, 2018, he wounded Tyrese Fraser with intent to commit murder.

Another charge alleged that on the same day in question he robbed the victim (Tyrese Fraser) of a quantity of jewelry along with $84,000 in cash, totaling $377,000.

It was further alleged also on that day while he was in the vicinity of East La Penitence, while armed with a firearm he also robbed O’Neil Hopkinson of $17,000.

Further, Bourne was also accused of robbing Adrian McKenzie of an XR motorcycle valued $435,000 on July 19 while in the vicinity of Vlissengen Road, Georgetown. He denied all the charges when they were read to him.

He was remanded to prison until August 27.

Bourne along with his alleged accomplice, a former policeman, Elton Haynes, were acquitted in March of 2018 for the murder of a Whim Village, Berbice businessman, Winston Ragnauth, during the commission of a robbery in 2012.

Haynes was subsequently arrested after the incident and reportedly gave a statement to the Police relaying the identities of the persons who were involved and the sequence of events that transpired during the robbery. Bourne was arrested one year later.

A mixed jury in the High Court, after deliberating for two hours came back with a unanimous verdict of not guilty.

The trial was presided over by Justice Sandil Kissoon.

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