[www.inewsguyana.com] – Eighteen – year – old Nigel Norville of Duncan Street, Newtown, Kitty, Georgetown, was remanded to prison for the offences of robbery under arms, Possession of firearm and ammunition and discharging a loaded firearm.
He pleaded not guilty before Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry. It is alleged that on April 29 at Festival City, North Ruimveldt, being armed with a gun he robbed Marcel Fitzaben of one gold chain valued $150,000.
The second charge alleged that on the same day at Festival City, he discharged a loaded firearm to the same virtual complainant (VC).
The third and fourth charge also stated on the same day, he had in his possession one .9 mm pistol with five matching live rounds of ammunition, when he was not a holder of a firearm license.
Police Prosecutor, Michael Grant told the Court that the complainant was wearing his chain and walking along Festival City when he was approached by the defendant who pulled out a gun and demanded that he hand over the article.
He refused to do so and a scuffle ensued between the two. Norville then discharged three rounds at the victim which fortunately, did not hit him.
Norville was represented by Attorney – at – Law, Adrian Thompson who in a bail application told the Court that his client alleged that the Police are trying to frame him with the offence.
The Defence counsel said his client complained about Police brutality with visible wounds. Thompson said he was instructed that his client was found with nothing on his possession. He said his client has an unblemished record and ready to lodge his passport.
The Prosecutor requested that bail be refused on the grounds of the seriousness and prevalence of the offence. The objection was upheld and the case was put off to May 23.