Trio charged with robbery allege Police brutality

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From F - B: Adrian Bishop, Junior Nurse and  Devon Forde
From F – B: Adrian Bishop, Junior Nurse and Devon Forde

[www.inewsguyana.com] – Three men charged with robbery with aggravation, today (Friday September 05), complained to Magistrate Judy Latchman that they were abused by police ranks.     

Twenty – eight – year – old Mechanic Adrian Bishop of 66 Garnett Street, Newtown Kitty; 27- year – old Gold Smith Devon Forde of 54 Duncan Street, Campbellville and 23 – year – old Labourer Junior Nurse all were not required to plead to the charge; details of which alleged that on Sunday, August 31 being together they robbed Ramanand Jagdeo of one gold chain, three gold finger rings, one vacuum cleaner, one blue cellular phone, a quantity of  goods and cash $317,000 together valued over $1.7 million.

In addition to that, it is also alleged that they stole one Spacio motor car valued $3.7 M, property of Linda Bonita.

Bishop said he has a pending assault matter before Magistrate Geeta Chandan-Edmond. Meanwhile, Forde, a father of one, and Nurse has no pending matter or prior convictions.

Police Prosecutor Michael Grant opposed bail for the unrepresented trio. He objected on the nature and gravity of the charge and seriousness of the offence. He added that the accused posed a flight risk and may not return for their trial.

The three men complained that they were beaten by Inspector Caesar and another rank by the name of Narine.

According to Bishop, he along with the other accused was placed on an identification parade (ID parade) but none of them were identified by the victim. Bishop said the virtual complainant (VC) told Caesar that he did not see anyone on the ID parade that robbed him but if he saw those persons again he can identified them.

Bishop told the Court that Inspector Caesar cursed the VC and called him a stupid fool after he did not identify them on the parade and told them that he will make it his duty to get them charged.

He showed the Court the injuries he sustained to his right foot after being beaten by the Police. Forde who was wearing a Band-Aid also complained that he was also beaten and received injuries to his right hand.

All three men complain that when their family and relatives brought food for them at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) they were chased away by the ranks.

An officer who was present in Court told Magistrate Latchman that three accused were not identified on the parade but claimed that there is video footage of the robbery.

 

The men denied giving confession statements for the alleged crime.

 

The Prosecutor’s objection was overruled and each of the men was placed on $100,000 bail until September 15 where they will make an appearance before Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry. 

 

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