Trio remanded for weekend rampage at sea
Three men were yesterday remanded to prison after being charged with several counts of robbery under arms at high sea.
Richard Mangal, Gary Joseph and Eon Sampson appeared before Acting Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.
Before the charges were read to the accused, the court was informed by the police prosecutor that five persons have been charged, with two having eluded capture. A request was made by the police for an arrest warrant to be issued for those individuals.
It is alleged that on Saturday, September 8th, at La Bonne Intention, East Coast Demerara, while on board a vessel named Sir Leonard, and being armed with a gun, the accused robbed Jameer Khan of two 48 Horsepower (HP) engines valued $1.8M and 40 lbs of fish glue worth $234,000.
It is also alleged that between Friday, September 7th and Saturday September 8th, being armed with a handgun they robbed Muni Lall of a fishing boat, valued $400,000.
Further it was put to the three men that on September 8th, while being armed with a handgun, they robbed Ryan Bhagwandin of a 15 HP engine, property of Mohammed Odeen. Also in the Pomeroon River, the three men are accused of committing the same crime on Shameer Saffee and his crew members. It is alleged that the accused relieved Saffee of one 48 HP engine valued $125,000 and $60, 000 worth of fish glue.
Also in the North West District, it is alleged that the accused attacked and robbed Vibert Singh and his crewmembers of one 48 HP engine, cell phone cards, a quantity of fish glue, and other items. The other charges read that on the same day the men, being armed with a handgun, robbed Robert Boodwah and his crew members of articles valued in excess of $1M. They are also accused of robbing Geewan Singh and his crew members of a boat engine, a radio set and fish glue. And again on September 8th in the North West District, the men robbed Ramdeen Mangru of similar items.
The charges are indictable and the accused were not required to plea. None of the men had legal representation in court. Attorney-at-law Paul Fung-A-Fat indicated to the court that he was looking after the interest of two of the virtual complainants.
Meanwhile Prosecutor Stephen Telford requested that the police photograph the stolen items so that they can be given back to their owners. The court granted the request.
Telford told the court that during the dates given to the court, the three men along with two others went out at sea where they committed these crimes.
Acting on information received, police went to a house in the Waini area where they found the five men. HHowever, two made good their escape. The police were then led to another house where they found the stolen items. Telford asked that bail be denied as statements are yet to be taken from the other victims and other charges are likely.
Bail was denied and the matters will be called again in their respective jurisdictions. For the crimes which were allegedly committed on the East Coast of Demerara, those will be called again on September 18 at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court.
The crimes reportedly committed in the North West District will be called on October 2 at the Acquero Magistrate’s Court and the Pomeroon matters are slated for the Charity Magistrate’s Court on September 24.