Yesterday, a Lance Corporal of the Guyana Police Force and a taxi driver were granted bail after being charged with receiving in excess of $6M worth in stolen excavator parts.
Lance Corporal Heralall Seeram was first to appear before Acting Chief Magistrate Melissa Robertson at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.
It is alleged that on Monday last (April 26) he received a stolen item (one Hydraulic pump valued at $3.5M), the property of Suresh Jagnandan.
The charge was indictable and the accused was not required to plead.
He was represented by Attorney Patrice Henry who in his bail application told the court that his client is currently a serving member of the Guyana Police Force and has made a significant contribution to that entity, more so to the court and its environs.
Henry sought to explain to the court that when Seeram is not on duty, he drives a taxi in the Mon Repos area.
According to Henry, on the day in question, someone simply paid his client a taxi fare to drop the item off at an establishment at Better Hope East Coast Demerara.
He said his client, being an officer of the law, would not know that the item was stolen and still up to carry it to a location.
The police prosecutor did not object to bail and noted that the story which was told was indeed what transpired.
Bail was granted to the tune of $75,000. Seeram is expected to make his next court appearance on June 2nd.
And Matthew Jupiter of Britton Street, Plaisance, was charged with receiving stolen property. It is alleged that on April 26, he received one filter stand, valued at $1M, 1 computer box worth $1.8M and one starter valued at $150,000.
He was represented by Attorney Gwendolyn Bristol. In her bail application, Bristol told the court that her client is a father of six and is a taxi driver. She said too that her client was merely hired to take the parts to the Better Hope establishment.
She added that when her client arrived at the location where he was supposed to drop the items off, the police approached him.
According to Bristol, her client even opted to take the police back to the point where he made the pick-up with the hope of finding the person who gave him the items.
Once again the police prosecutor did not object to bail, which was granted to the tune of $75,000. He will also return to court on June 2.
According to the police, during Monday night, acting on a tip-off, ranks went to Annandale on the East Coast of Demerara where they recovered a hydraulic pump, a starter and a computer box that were taken off an excavator after five men, two of whom were armed with a handgun and a knife, had held up a watchman.
According to reports, the owner of the stolen parts who had accompanied the police to the location, first observed a battery lead that he had personally made.
With this in mind, the police interrogated the occupants of the Annandale house and it was not long before they confessed to having the stolen parts in their possession.
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