By Leroy Smith
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Nicholas Narine, Anthony David and Damien Melvington were on Monday afternoon slapped with three armed robbery charges each, all of which they reportedly committed on July 09 at Montrose, East Coast Demerara.
Melvington, 17, is of Caesar Street, Agricola; 20 – year – old Narine is also from Caesar Street and Anthony David is said to be 28 years of age. It is alleged that on the day in question, while in the company of others they robbed Land Court Judge, Nicole Pierre and husband Mohamed Chand.
The court heard that they took from Chand brand-name sunglasses, brand-name wristwatches, US$8,000 among other items which totaled almost GUY$2.7M.
The court heard that the trio also discharged a loaded firearm in the direction of Rawle Peters with intent to maim, injure or disfigure him. They appeared before Magistrate Ann McLennan, who informed them that the charges are indictable; hence they were not required to plea.
They were all remanded to prison until July 30 and the matter was transferred to the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court.
David however told the court that he was beaten by police ranks who sought to have him admit to knowing two other suspects, namely Nicholas Narine and Melvington. The trio claimed they were tortured.
iNews however did not notice any visible signs of the men being physically or otherwise abused. When contacted, Crime Chief Wendel Blanhum dismissed the accusations, noting that the men were not being honest and the claims were only aimed at bringing the Police Force into disrepute.
Pierre and her husband were badly beaten and had to be admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of a City hospital. Chand lost an eye while his wife suffered a broken jaw. The court heard that the victims are currently overseas receiving medical attention.