Road block unearths men positively identified as bandits in Westminster robbery

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Three men were on Tuesday remanded to prison on a charge of Robbery under arms and possession of firearm and ammunition when they appeared before Magistrate Liverpool at the Leonora Magistrates’ Court.

According to Police Public Relations Officer, Jairam Ramlakhan, Alford Norville, 25, of lot 286 Independence Boulevard, Georgetown, Collin Martin, 27, of Lot 169 Middle Street, La Penitence, Georgetown and Shawn Welch, 43, of Lot 81 Castillo, Georgetown were arrested by police on June 30, 2017, at around 22:00hrs during a road block on the western side of the Demerara Harbour Bridge.

The men were travelling in motor vehicle PPP 3594 and after a search was conducted on the car, one 9mm pistol with a magazine containing 5 live matching rounds were found.

As such, they were taken into police custody, where they were positively identified to be the men who robbed Thakurdutt Narine and shot his son, Suraj Narine on June 27, 2017.

Inews had previously reported that the three men invaded Narine’s Westminster, West Bank Demerara home on the day mentioned and made good their escape with over $500,000 in cash and valuables.

Reports received indicated that about 09:30hrs, the men invaded the popular “White Shop” and demanded cash and valuables.

Senior Narine’s son, Narindra Narine said that he was in the shop when the three men entered posing as customers. He noted that the bandits requested to buy plantain and as he was weighing the item, they forced their way into the shop and held him up at gunpoint.

Narine recalled that the perpetrators then took him into the house along with his father and began beating them while ransacking the room for cash.

Further, the trio emptied the cash register in the shop and proceeded to leave calmly. However, Navindra Narine began to hurl glass bottles and stones at them and in retaliation, the men began firing gunshots in his direction.

This resulted in his 22 year old brother, Suraj Narine being shot to the toe.

The three bandits then fled the scene.

Suraj Narine was rushed to the West Demerara Regional Hospital where he was treated.

Inews was told that after the bandits left, ranks from the La Grange Police Station arrived and were able to recover the vehicle the men used –which was later found to have been hijacked. (Ramona Luthi)

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