Prisoner attacks Complainant during Court hearing

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Robbery accused, Wesley Griffith
Robbery accused, Wesley Griffith

[www.inewsguyana.com] – A prisoner on remand at the Camp Street Prison on a robbery charge today jumped out of the court room dock and attacked the virtual complainant.

Nineteen-year-old Wesley Griffith of McKenzie Linden, appeared at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Judy Latchman for another hearing in the matter, which involves the 50 – year old complainant of North Sophia, Greater Georgetown, Dryck Halley.

Halley told iNews that the incident occurred minutes after 11 hours, when the prisoner lunged from the docks and dealt him several cuffs and kicks about his body. He said at the time Griffith was not wearing any hand or foot cuffs.

Halley said Police Prosecutor Joel Ricknauth was present in Court and came to his rescue. According to Halley, there was no police present in the Court and the Prosecutor pulled the defendant off of him.

The victim believes that there should be more security measures in Court and that prisoners should be handcuffed all the times. He said he is fearful for his life since he was nearly killed by the defendant about a year ago and now another attack in the Courtroom.

The victim said he feels very insecure coming back to the Court for the next hearing.

The complainant, Deryck Halley. [iNews' Photo]
The complainant, Deryck Halley. [iNews’ Photo]
On June 26, 2013 at Lot 14 North Sophia, the accused allegedly robbed Halley of one motorcycle, one Blackberry cellular phone valued $52,000, one nokia cellular phone valued $25,000 and $30,000 in cash and house keys, together valued $ 277,000.

Griffith is also accused of the $5M Amelia Ward’s armed robbery, which occurred on January 31.

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