Miner accused of abducting Bhena’s Footwear employee charged with robbery

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Dexter John. [iNews' Photo]
Dexter John. [iNews’ Photo]
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Thirty – four – year old Dexter John of Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara has been charged with the offence of robbery with personal violence against Leon Xanier Waaldijk, who was an employee of Bhena’s Footwear at the time.

John, a Miner, appeared before Magistrate Ann McLennan and pleaded not guilty to the robbery charge, which alleged that on May 04 at Regent Street, Georgetown, he robbed Waaldijk of one Nokia cellular phone valued $40,000, during which he made use of personal violence towards the victim.

Police Prosecutor Neville Jeffers did not object to bail but asked that the matter be heard on the same day as the abducting charge. Magistrate McLennan informed John that his bail remained the same and the matter was put off to July 13.

As it relates to the abduction charge the matter will be called again on July 21. John and Viola Morrison, 48, were both charged with abduction. It is alleged on the same day at Regent Street, they abducted Waaldijk, causing him to be wrongfully restrained. They were released on $500,000 bail each, by Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry on May 07.

According to the prosecution, the victim was about to enter his place of work when he was confronted by an identifiable man who pushed him into the vehicle and speed off; however later that afternoon he was released unhurt.

The CCTV footage was reviewed during the police investigation and the entire ordeal was shown which led to the arrest of both defendants.

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