– placed on $400,000 bail each
The three suspects whom the police had detained in connection with plotting to kidnap the son of a wealthy Essequibo sawmiller appeared yesterday before Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
The three accused, Carl Krishna Deokaran, Vishnu Ramnarine and Suzanne Kalimootoo were charged with conspiracy to attempt a kidnapping. The intended victim was Christopher Mohabir who is the son of the sawmiller.
The prosecution stated that the three allegedly planned to abduct Christopher Mohabir to extort a ransom of $50 million from his family.
The Prosecution informed the court that the three accused are known to each other. On June 22, last, the police acted on information sent a rank dressed in plainclothes but armed with a tape recorder to the house where the defendants were said to have been plotting Mohabir’s abduction.
The court was told that the device recorded Kalimootoo giving information on where Mohabir resides and his whereabouts. The tape also recorded Ramnarine stating that he will provide them with the firearm and the place for Mohabir to be kept.
After the incriminating evidence they were arrested the next day and questioned at Police Headquarters, Eve Leary. This resulted in charges with the present offence. The prosecution had no objections to bail.
The court was later informed that Suzanne Kalimootoo was once the paramour of Christopher Mohabir. Vishnu Ramnarine was represented by attorney at law Jerome Khan, who told the court that his client is 18 and that he resides at Turkeyen, East Coast Demerara. He asked that bail be granted in a reasonable sum.
Attorney at law Vic Puran who representing Carl Krishna Deokaran stated that his client who resides at Lot 183 Area E Better Hope was not a flight risk and that there is no likely re-occurrence of the allegation. He too asked that his client be granted bail in a reasonable sum.
Suzanne Kalimootoo was unrepresented. Kalimootoo told the court that she is 22 years old and that she resides at meten-Meer-Zorg, West Coast Demerara.
Bail was granted in the sum of $400,000 for the three accused. They are expected to make their next court appearance on July 21.
Attorney at Law Khan then stated that his client is very poor and he would not be able to afford bail. Khan stated that his client’s parents are willing and able to put up the transport of their home as some form of reassurance. Magistrate Beharry had no objections.
But it was after the court appearance that Attorney at law Jerome Khan was confronted by Christopher Mohabir’s relatives. This resulted in the lawyer filing threatening charges against a male relative who was taken by police and later released.
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