Miner charged with attempted murder, possession of gun/ammo remanded to prison

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Paul Branson hides his face during his appearance at the Georgetown Magistrate's Court. [iNews' Photo]
Paul Branson hides his face during his appearance at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court. [iNews’ Photo]
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Twenty – Nine – Year – old miner, Paul Branson of Kitty, Georgetown was today (Tuesday, April 22) remanded to prison by Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry, after he was slapped with five charges.

He pleaded not guilty to the first charge, which alleged that on April 17, at Charlestown, he had in his possession one pistol without being the holder of a firearm license.

He was also charged with possession of ammunition, to which he also pleaded not guilty.

Branson was also charged with two counts of attempted murder. He was not required to plead to the offences, which alleged that on April 17 at Charlestown, with intent to commit murder he discharge a loaded firearm to Dean Gibson and Allrick Edwards.

Additionally, the miner was charged with attempt to commit a felony, that is to say, being armed with a gun he attempted to rob Rafeek Singh.

Police Prosecutor, Michael Grant did not relate any particulars to the Court as to how the offences were committed.

The Prosecutor successfully objected to the pretrial liberty of Branson citing the nature and gravity of the offences and the fact that a weapon was used in the commission of the crime.

The file was sent for advice to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) office and Branson will return to Court on May 9.

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