Two days after being nabbed while preparing to board a flight destined for the United States of America (USA), the man suspected to have discharged a firearm at Congress Place – the headquarters of the Peoples National Congress Reform (PNCR) – last Sunday, was charged with threatening behaviour.
Fifty four-year-old Linden Primo of Farm, Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara, appeared before Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court to respond to the allegations.
Primo was accused of using threatening behaviour towards Aliashaw Barker on Sunday, last, (July 27) at Sophia. He pleaded not guilty and submitted a bail application through his lawyer, Patrice Henry.
The Prosecution was spearheaded by Police Inspector Michael Grant who did not reveal the details of the incident. He requested that Primo be placed on substantial bail since he was nabbed at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) while trying to leave Guyana.
Asking that Primo be released on his own recognizance, Henry argued that when Primo was attempting to leave the country no allegation was leveled against him. He said that his client is an American citizen and his passport is now in the possession of the US embassy.
The lawyer stated that Primo has been living in Guyana for the past six years and has been employed as a security guard at a mining company. He has a wife and two children.
Henry told the court that the accused has had no charges or prior convictions.
In response, the Chief Magistrate placed Primo on a bond to keep the peace and released him on his own recognizance (self-bail). The case was transferred to Magistrate Geeta Chandan-Edmond and is set to be called again on August 4.
According to information reaching Kaieteur News, around 13:30 hours on Sunday there was a ruckus unfolding at the entrance to Congress Place and Barker pulled out her phone to video the incident.
It was explained that the accused who noticed her doing so, pulled out his gun and pointed it to her face. The crowd pushed at the said time and Barker fell.
It was at the said time that Primo reportedly discharged one shot which hit the door at the entrance of Congress Place. The matter was reported and subsequent investigations led to Primo being arrested and charged.
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