Labourer accused of stealing $8.9M in equipment from Mining Company

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Mandela Phillips. [iNews' Photo]
Mandela Phillips. [iNews’ Photo]
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Twenty – year – old Mandela Phillips, a labourer, was today placed on $100,000 bail by Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry on a break and enter charge.

Phillips of Kuru Kururu Linden, denied the allegation, which stated that on August 28 at Kwakwani Park, Upper Berbice River, he broke and entered the storeroom of Saif and Sameera Eldorado Mining Company and stole therein one grease pump, four pairs of truck cap shacks, six pairs caterpillar headlamps, 14 truck fuel injection, nine fuel pump elements, eight welding rods, two truck computer boxes, three truck supervision kits along with other items together valued $8.9M.

Representing the defendant was Attorney – at – Law, Konyo Thompson, who told the Court that Phillips worked with the Company for the past four years. She explained that on Saturday last, her client left to repair a truck at Mahaica and it is usual for him to receive information to pick up “stuff” for his boss.

She explained that he was contacted by a person named Chris who instructed him to collect some things, following which he was arrested. She added that when the alleged offence took place, Phillips was with a Manager in Linden.

Counsel said her client was locked up since Monday last at the Mahaica Police Station and then taken to McKenzie Police Station before he was brought to Court.

Thompson requested bail in a reasonable sum stating that the defendant has been cooperating with the Police and was locked up for 72 hours

Police Prosecutor Michael Grant did not opposed bail but ask that a substantial amount of surety granted with conditions attached.

He will report every fortnight commencing on November 14 and the matter was transferred to Kwakwani Court for November 21.

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