A teenage boy was remanded for stealing in excess of $400,000 in alcohol, jewellery and gadgets from an East Bank, Demerara house when he appeared before a city Magistrate yesterday.
Jermaine Josiah, 18, of Lot 127 ‘CC’ Eccles Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara, was charged with Break and Enter and Larceny and appeared before Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.
The details of the charge against him are that on July 15 last at Green Field Park, Providence, East Bank Demerara, he broke and entered Nicholas Marks’ house and stole a quantity of items which included one Samsung laptop computer, one knife, one back pack, a quantity of gold jewellery and a bottle each of vodka and whisky.
Along with those items, Josiah was also accused of stealing one gold necklace, property of Shireen Bissoon. The stolen items are valued at $407,000.
The teen pleaded not guilty to the charge and was remanded to prison until his next court hearing on October 13.
Assistant Superintendant of Police (ASP) Deneashwar Maindranauth did not reveal the details of the burglary. He offered objections to the teen being granted bail stating that he is the suspect in other ongoing investigations.
Magistrate McLennan adjourned the case and Josiah is set to face Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry at his next appearance.
Labourer faces illegal gun charge
A labourer, who was identified as a murder suspect, was yesterday arraigned before Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court on a charge of Illegal Possession of a Firearm.
The charge read to Junior Williams, also known as Junior Alfred, 23, alleged that on July 30, at East Ruimveldt, Georgetown he had in his possession one semi-automatic pistol while he was not the holder of a firearm licence.
Responding to the charge, Williams pleaded not guilty. He was unrepresented by legal counsel.
Addressing the court, the accused said that he has been residing at Second Street, Crane, West Coast Demerara for the past two years and that neither he nor his mother had a specific lot number for their premises.
Police Prosecutor, Corporal Deniro Jones told the court that despite the fact that Williams had never been charged, he is currently being investigated for murder.
The Magistrate remanded the young man to prison. The case was adjourned to October 13 when Williams will appear before Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry on.
Taxi driver to face judge, jury for acid attack on former partner
A woman, whose estranged partner disfigured her by dousing her with a corrosive substance, faced him in court during the preliminary Inquiry (PI) yesterday and described the painful ordeal.
At the end of the “day-long” PI yesterday, Jermaine King, 38, of Lot 25 East Ruimveldt, was committed by Magistrate Judy Latchman to stand trial for Attempt Murder in the High Court before a Judge and Jury.
King had evaded police capture since November 16, last year, after he hurled acid in Anchinalu Cannings face in front of a D’urban Street car wash.
During Cannings’ testimony, the court heard that the couple, who had been living together for seven years, shares a six year old daughter. The relationship had ended but King wanted to rekindle the affair, but the woman said she refused.
Cannings recalled that on November 16 last, she was having a few ‘drinks’ with some of her friends at a car wash on D’Urban Street when her former partner turned up and called out to her.
He parked his car and she went to him. Moments later, he came out with a jug in his hand urging her to come back and live with him. She refused.
King, Cannings testified, stepped back and hurled the acid at her face but she raised her hand to block it. It made contact with the right side of her face and arm.
Cannings had been hospitalised at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) until December 18, last. She related that she was unable to see for a period of time.
After being on the run for months, King was on May 14, placed before Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry to face the indictment.
The PI was conducted before Magistrate Latchman yesterday.
Following the testimonies of the victim and five others, Police Inspector Joel Ricknauth closed the Prosecution’s case stating that he was confident that a prima facie case had been established against King.
King, who was unrepresented by legal counsel, did not lead a defence. He apologized, stating “I am sorry for everything that happened.”
In her ruling, Magistrate Latchman stated that after examining all the evidence before her, the court had found that the prosecution had established a prima facie case of attempted murder against King.
She said that sufficient evidence was presented to the court for King to be comitted to stand trial at the next sitting of the Demerara Assizes.
King was informed by the Magistrate, that though he had declined to call witnesses in the Magistrates’ Court, he can do so before the High Court.
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