Armed robbery suspect remanded
Jagdesh Baksh, 36, appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court, yesterday on a charge of armed robbery. He was remanded to prison until April 4. Baksh, represented by lawyer Gordon Gilhuys, pleaded not guilty.
On March 3, last, at Barrack Street, Kingston, Georgetown Nazela Sookdeo went to the Black and Decker Hardware store in Kingston to make a purchase.
After conducting her transaction, the woman proceeded to her car only to be intercepted by Baksh who had reportedly exited a car and placed a gun to the plaintiff’s head and demanded that she hand over her valuables.
Prosecutor Sergeant Lionel Harvey told the court that the victim became terrified and handed over US$300 along with $260,000 in local currency.
Baksh reportedly rejoined a car PNN 515 in which were his other associates and made good his escape. The matter was however reported to the police.
The lawmen were able to apprehended Baksh.
Gilhuys in his bail application stated that his client is lucratively employed as a taxi driver. The lawyer went on to explain that on the day of the incident, his client was hired on Regent Street, Georgetown, to transport several men to Barrack Street. At their destination the men ordered that he wait.
According to the attorney during that time his client had no knowledge of the illegal activity his passengers were carrying out.
Baksh, Gilhuys said, learnt about an incident after reading an article that was published in the media involving his car number.
The accused then decided to contact his lawyer and turn himself over to the police.