Suspected pirate remanded
One of the two men who had avoided previous captivity by the police after being implicated in robbery under arms committed on the high seas has been charged.
Terry Joseph of 6 Squatting Area, East Bank Demerara, who was allegedly involved in a chain of robberies committed on September 8 in the territorial waters, appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court last Friday (September 28).
He was not required to plead to the indictable charge which read that while at the Pomeroon River mouth, he along with others used handguns and robbed Shameer Saffee of $14,000 worth of items.
Reports are that Joseph and four other men went out at sea where they committed acts of piracy against several boat owners and their crew members. The men allegedly carted off over $4 million worth of boat equipment which belonged to Jameer Khan, Muni Lall, Ryan Bhagwandin, Mohammed Odeen, Shameer Saffee, Vibert Singh, Robert Boodwah, Geewan Singh and Ramdeen Mangru.
They were captured after police ranks, acting on information, went to a house in the Waini area where they found the five men. However, Joseph and another suspect made good their escape. Some of the stolen articles were recovered at another house some distance away. An arrest warrant was issued for Joseph and the other suspect when three other persons made their initial court appearance.
The other three accused were remanded to prison by Acting Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine- Beharry. As such prosecutor Stephen Telford asked that Joseph be remanded to prison and his case transferred to Charity Magistrate’s Court for trial.
Joseph was remanded until October 15 when his case is scheduled to be presented at Charity for the trial to commence.