A minibus conductor today appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts charged with robbery under arms.
Hale Forrester, 47, of Lot 27 Second Street, Herstelling, East Bank Demerara, pleaded not guilty to the charge which alleged that on November 8, 2015 at Sachi Bazaar Street, Campbellville, Georgetown, while being armed with an offensive weapon, he robbed Natasha Alli of one LG phone valued $48,000, one Alcatel tablet valued $45,000, one Samsung Galaxy Note 2 valued $160,000, one passport, one ID card and US$20, a total value of $252,800 property of Alli.
Police Prosecutor Deniro Jones objected to bail, stating the gravity and nature of the offence are serious.
Jones told the court that after the offence was committed the defendant escaped and was arrested nine days later when the VC noticed him and raised an alarm.
The defendant told the court that he heard reports which stated that the VC was robbed by a man on a motorcycle but explained that he does not know to ride or operate a motorcycle, thus claiming he is innocent of the crime.
Magistrate McLennan placed him on $150,000 bail.
The case will continue on March 7, 2016.