[www.inewsguyana.com] – Two men were on Friday April 17 remanded when they appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court before Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry jointly charged with robbery under arms.
Simon David, of Lot 27 Public Road Agricola and 21-year-old Adam Downes both pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to them.
The charge alleged that on April 16 at Agricola Public Road, East Bank Demerara, while being armed with an offensive weapon, they robbed Natalie Dowridge of a quantity of cash along with other valuables, totaling to $605,000.
According to the prosecution, Dowridge was purchasing some items from a shop when the duo approached her and pointed a gun to her head. Downes allegedly dealt her a cuff and took away the items, after which she fell to the ground.
Downes was represented by attorney-at-law Leslie Sobers who told the court that his client has an “air tight alibi.”
He said on the day in question his client was at the Providence Magistrate court on trial for robbery and that after his court hearing he reported to duty, when the police arrested him at his work site.
The lawyer explained that Downes’s employer and co-worker can testify to this. He said it was either a case of mistaken identity or simply a wrong arrest on the part of the police.
Sobers noted that there is no nexus in the relationship between his client and the other accused besides the fact that they both live in the same village.
Bail was objected to by Police Prosecutor Bharat Mangru based on the seriousness and prevalence of the offence. Mangru also argued that Downes was charged for a similar offence and that it is alleged that while he was on bail he committed the offence.
The matter was transferred before Magistrate Judy Latchman for report and fixture, on May 6.