Men jointly charged for robbing undercover cop


Three men who were separately charged for robbing a police constable were on Tuesday charged jointly for the offence.

Keston Duke, 21, of Bent Street, Werk-en-Rust, Georgetown; Joshua Austin of Lodge Housing Scheme, Georgetown and Michael Shepherd made their second appearance at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Tuesday, where they were jointly charged.

The three denied the offence which stated that on December 15, 2018, at Second Street, Alberttown, while they were in each other’s company, they robbed Julius Bowlin of a gold chain worth G$21,000 and a pistol with six rounds of ammunition valued G$125,000 – property of the Guyana Police Force.

The trio was also charged for wounding Bowlin during the commission of the robbery.

Police Prosecutor Sanj Singh on each of their prior hearings had objected to bail citing the seriousness of the offence and the fact that Austin has another assault matter in another court.

Reports in December 2018 had stated that Bowlin was performing undercover duties next to a nightclub when he was robbed and later stabbed. The attack was captured on a nearby Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) camera. The stolen gun was later recovered in a garbage heap in South Ruimveldt, Georgetown.

The cases were adjourned to May 2 and 7, 2019, when the trial will commence.

Duke and Shepherd were released on G$50,000 bail each on Tuesday by Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus. Austin was remanded to prison.





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