A third man was arrested and charged in connection with the staging of an alleged abduction and robbery involving a clerk who worked at a gas station on the East Coast of Demerara.
Natram Persaud was on Tuesday remanded to jail when he appeared before Magistrate Hazel Octive-Hamilton at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.
The man was accused of simple larceny and was identified as one of the alleged accomplices of the clerk who reportedly staged his own kidnapping in a bid to steal the money entrusted to him by his employer.
The police stated that on March 19, last, Persaud, along with others, stole $4M property of Ultra Nauth. The incident reportedly took place at South Road in Georgetown. Persaud was not required to plead to the indictable charge.
The accused stood unrepresented. He made an application for bail but the prosecution requested that he not be granted pre-trial liberty, based on the seriousness and prevalence of the offence.
The police prior to the accused being remanded said that Persaud was previously arrested and charged. He however escaped from the Brickdam Police Station. The prosecutor continued that the accused was caught and re-arrested on Thursday, last, in the vicinity of the Berbice bus park.
Persaud however defended himself by saying that he did not escape from police custody. The man told the court that a police officer had released him from the prison cell to have a drink of water. He said when he turned around looking for the policeman, he was nowhere to be found.
He also said that someone told him that he should go home and clean up himself since the police were violating his rights by keeping him beyond the stipulated 72-hour detention period. He said he then walked out of the police station.
Persaud was remanded to jail and will make another court appearance on June 20.
Joel Ali, 25, of 4 Riverview, West Bank Demerara and former employee of ‘K&K Service Station’ located at Unity Village, ECD, along with Sewsankar Geet, 23 of Lot 7 Public Road, Nooten Zuil, East Coast Demerara were granted bail to the tune of $300,000 each when they first appeared before Chief Magistrate Priya Beharry on March 22, last.
The charge stated that on the day in question, Ali collected $4M in cash from his employer and was supposed to deposit the sum at a bank located in the city. Instead of doing so, the prosecution said the man and others conspired to steal the sum of money. They said during investigations, $2,100,000 was recovered from the number two defendant, Geet.
Ali had told authorities that he was driving along South Road on the day in question when another vehicle slammed into him from behind. He said he exited the car but was confronted by two men who at gunpoint forced him into their vehicle. The accused further said he was blindfolded and bound at the limbs before being transported to an undisclosed location.
While there he was reportedly beaten and robbed of $4M in cash and a $4M cheque. Ali said he was left at the location while his abductors made their escape.
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