The ex-policeman and security guard accused of hijacking a businessman’s car one week ago, were remanded to prison when they appeared before city Magistrate Ann McLennan yesterday.
The former Guyana Police Force (GPF) rank Andrew Pollydore, 27, and KGM Security guard, Keyon Allen, 28, were taken to the Georgetown’s Magistrates’ Court to face a robbery under arms charge.
It is alleged that on November 27, last at Coghlan Dam, Pouderoyen, West Bank Demerara, the two armed themselves with a gun, and robbed 58-year-old Rabindranauth Sukha of his $3.3M Toyota Premio motorcar (PPP1862).
The charge was indictable and they were not asked to plead.
Separately, the security guard (Allen) is being accused of having in his possession two grams of cannabis on November 27, last. He denied that allegation and was granted $50,000 bail.
Representing both of the accused was Attorney-at-Law George Thomas, who told the court that Pollydore is currently employed as a miner. Thomas said that the 27-year-old has one child and no pending matters in court. He said that Pollydore was not a flight risk.
In his bail petition for Allen, the lawyer told the court that his client has three minor children and is a security guard employed with ‘KGM Security,’ but attached to a mining company. He said the 28-year-old has no pending matters or prior convictions.
The attorney told the court that his clients are roommates who reside at Lot 3207 Lamaha Park, Georgetown.
Thomas claimed that prior to the court appearance his clients were being investigated in relation to alleged possession of illegal ammunition but “lo and behold you come to court and it’s a robbery under arms charge.”
The lawyer further stated that Allen and Pollydore had no knowledge of this robbery charge until yesterday, and claimed that although they were placed on an identification parade, neither of them was identified.
“I’m surprised that they would charge them with robbery when they weren’t identified on an ID parade and there was no confession. There is no evidence against them,” said Thomas. He requested reasonable bail.
The lawyer assured that his clients will return to court if allowed their pretrial liberty and added that they are willing to report to the nearest police station as a condition for bail.
Police Prosecutor, Corporal Deniro Jones objected to bail, however, citing the nature and gravity of the charge. Jones placed emphasis on the stiff penalty the charge attracts and added that the address they provided to the court differs from the one given to the police.
Prosecutor Jones further stated, that violence was used in the commission of the crime and that the victim positively identified the accused on Close Circuit Television (CCTV) system footage.
Magistrate McLennan granted the Prosecution’s request and the men were remanded to prison until December 8. The matter has been transferred to the Vreed-en-Hoop Magistrates’ Court for trial.
Though no details were given in court, in a statement issued to the press earlier, the police had said that they are probing an incident of armed robbery committed on a trio who had just arrived in Guyana and had travelled from the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) to their home at Pouderoyen.
The incident, the statement said, occurred at about 03:10 hours on November 27, last when Sukha, Balram Singh, 53, and Indira Singh, 58, were attacked and robbed by two men armed with handguns after they had arrived in a car PPP 1862 and were at the gate of their residence.
“They were held up by the two suspects, who relieved them of the motor car, US$8,000, two cell phones, their suitcases and other documents before escaping with the car,” the release added.
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