Two men were yesterday remanded to prison after they were charged separately in connection with a stolen car.
Sunil Sukhdeo and Duean Boston made their appearance at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court before Acting Chief Magistrate Melissa Robertson-Ogle.
Sukhdeo was charged with simple larceny while Boston was charged with receiving stolen property.
It is alleged that on Friday, September 5 last, at High Street, Sukhdeo stole one Toyota motor car PKK 9690 valued $2.2 M and other car accessories totaling some $600,000 all property of Esan Hayler.
To the charge he pleaded not guilty. He was represented by defence counsel Stephen Lewis.
It is also alleged that on the same day, Boston received the car, knowing it was stolen. Boston also pleaded not guilty. He was represented by defence counsel Rexford Jackson.
Lewis in making a bail application for Sukhdeo told the court that his client is 21 years of age and has a fixed place of abode at Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara. Lewis also related that Sukhdeo is gainfully employed as an office assistant at the Guyana Revenue Authority. According to Lewis, his client is the victim of a crime since he was given the car by someone to have it sold. Lewis said Sukhdeo has since given the name and telephone number of the person who gave him the car to sell. The court was further told that Sukhdeo has been cooperative with the police from the inception.
On the other hand, Jackson, in seeking a reasonable bail for Boston, told the court that the accused is 30 years of age and has a fixed place of abode at Vlissengen Road, Lodge. According to Jackson, his client is the owner of a trucking service.
Jackson told the court that Boston bought the car from Sukhdeo, but only a down payment of $300,000 was made. A receipt showing such was tendered in court. The magistrate then enquired from Boston if any documents for the car were handed over to him when he paid for the car. Boston responded in the negative. His lawyer at that point told the court that his client was promised by Sukhdeo that the documents would be handed over at a later date since he (Sukhdeo) is employed at GRA.
Meanwhile, the virtual complainant in the matter told the court that sometime back himself, wife and a cousin went shopping downtown and left the car outside a store. Upon their return the car was gone. A report was made at the Brickdam police station, and in the meantime, Hayler said, he was still looking for his car. According to Hayler on Friday, September 5, he saw his car parked on High Street with a ‘rasta man’ seated in the driver’s seat.
Hayler said he approached a police rank who was nearby and informed him of the situation. As such the car was escorted to the station. The court was told that the driver of the car then informed the police that it was Boston’s car and he was employed by the same Boston. Further investigation then led to Sukhdeo, who was arrested along with Boston.
The VC’s story was further validated by the prosecution.
After listening to the arguments both men were remanded until September 24.
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